Vikings DE Ray Edwards has signed his restricted free agent (RFA) tender and is now under contract for the 2010 season. Edwards notched a career-high 8.5 sacks during the 2009 regular season and then came up huge in the playoffs with 4.0 more sacks, including 3.0 more in the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Vikings also signed 5th round draft pick (#167 overall) LB Nate Triplett; terms of his contract were not disclosed. Triplett joins FB Ryan D’Imperio as Vikings draft selections who’ve signed contracts.
Lastly, the Vikings waived the following undrafted rookie free agents: C Eddie Adamski, OT Matt Hanson, RB James Johnson, WR Aaron Rhea (injured), CB Angelo Williams and OT Marlon Winn.
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The Vikings opened up their only mandatory minicamp of the offseason on Friday and a large media contingent was on-hand to take in the action. One national media member roaming Winter Park that day was NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci, who has covered the sport for 30 years and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.
Carucci touches on several topics in the piece he penned for NFL.com following his visit to the Vikings facility, but he leads with an interesting storyline that we’ve also addressed from time-to-time here on vikings.com: the atmosphere surrounding the Vikings as they come off a heart-breaking loss in last year’s NFC Championship Game.
“Frustration and anger over falling short of the only goal that matters can go a long way toward driving everyone to achieving it the next time around,” Carucci wrote in his article.
I spoke with TE Visanthe Shiancoe about this very topic over the weekend and he insisted this Vikings team is motivated to succeed again in 2010. CB Lito Sheppard told reporters on Sunday that he clearly senses the high expectations this Vikings team places on itself. And when meeting with reporters on Saturday, Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier also spoke about how the NFC title game loss from last season will impact the team this season.
“Just to get back into the football frame of mind and to be able to divorce yourself from the past, that is all a part of the (minicamp) process as well,” Frazier explained. “That is one of the things we talked about yesterday (Friday) in our first meeting; 2009 is behind us and let’s look more toward 2010 and really having a great season.”
Tags: Leslie Frazier, Lito Sheppard, Pat Williams, Visanthe Shiancoe
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