The NFL and NFLPA have an agreement. The lockout is over. So now let the fun, and free agency, begin.
Teams can begin reaching agreements with all free agents on Tuesday, meaning defensive end Ray Edwards can finally hit the open market. There already was a report today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Edwards likely would land in Philadelphia and not with the Falcons, as some had speculated.
“I have no idea what’s going on," Edwards said when asked about him possibly signing with Philadelphia. "My agent called me. I really don’t know. We’ll see. That’s the expectation, I guess.”
Edwards, the Vikings' starting left end who was second on the team last season with eight sacks, had made it clear this offseason that he would not be returning to Minnesota. He seemed to soften that stance a bit on Monday.
“I have no idea," he said when asked if he still did not expect to be back. "I’m waiting to see from whoever is out there and weigh my options.”
Asked if the Vikings come in with a solid offer if he would be open to coming back, he said: "I don’t see them [doing that]. They have a lot of guys on offense they have to look at.”
Leslie Frazier will begin his first full season as the Vikings coach when players return and Fred Pagac has been promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator. But Edwards sounded less than enthused when it was mentioned the power structure at Winter Park has been altered.
“I don’t think too much of the power structure has changed," he said. "Like I said, I’ll weigh my options and see what they come with, if they even come. That’s pretty much how I look at it on that end.”
The Vikings and other NFL teams are going to be in for a wild week when it comes to free agency. Things will move fast and a guy like Edwards could be off the market in quick fashion. Teams can't begin filing transactions until Friday evening but agreements will be reached long before that.
“My expectation is just get the best deal out there for me and go to whoever signs me and continue to produce for them as I’ve been producing for the Vikings," he said.
As for Edwards' boxing career, that appears to be on hold for a while. Edwards boxed once this spring, beating Duluth's T.J. Gibson at Grand Casino Hinckley, but his second fight was called off and now he's returning to football.
“Pretty much it's more than likely on hold," he said. "I don’t think anybody is going to let me box during the season. I'll continue to train and continue to work hard like I always do.”
So did a second fight almost take place? 'It was coming close but it was hard to find an opponent to help me move up the ranks in boxing," Edwards said. "We just didn’t get it done in a timely fashion.”