Vikings face tough call on DE Edwards

Posted Jan. 01, 2011 @ 4:07 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Although his tackle totals are down, Vikings DE Ray Edwards has maintained his sack production pace of 2009 (8½ sacks in 16 games) with 7½ sacks in 13 games, missing parts of three contests with an ankle injury. The arrow remains pointing up for Edwards, who just turned 26, is a good run defender and a solid pass rusher from the strong side. The question remains, however, whether he fits into the Vikings' future plans as a free agent this coming offseason. They have other core free agents to concern themselves about — Chad Greenway this offseason, plus long-term deals for Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice — and might not be able to retain Edwards at his expected asking price. One option would be to replace Edwards with a rotation of Brian Robison, who has produced in limited reps, and Everson Griffen, who still needs seasoning. But Edwards' value also comes in that he can set the edge, play 60 snaps in a game and doesn't need to come off the field situationally. The Vikings will have a tough call when it comes to meeting his financial demands with so much other business at hand.