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Pending Free Agents Speak Upon Departure

The Vikings players had a meeting this morning with head coach Leslie Frazier before cleaning out their lockers and departing for the offseason.  Frazier left them with a strong message about what needs to be done this offseason, in terms of self evaluation, and how each of them needs to find a way to come back ready to make the Vikings a better football team in 2011.

The problem is, however, that not all of them are going to be back.

A number of Vikings are set to have their contracts expire this offseason (my list is here) including a number of starters.  While quarterback Brett Favre won’t be back, fans are hopeful to see a number of these guys retained. 

Here is what some of them had to say upon leaving:

RAY EDWARDS, DEFENSIVE END

“It will come down to contract,” Edwards said. “I just have to take care of my family so we’ll see where it goes.”

“I left a lot of sacks out there, especially against Chicago.  I felt like I could have had had definitely double-digit sacks if I would have capitalized on all the sacks I missed in both of those games we played them. It is what it is, and I think I played well.”

“We’ll see.  I’ve got to see what’s the best situation for me and my family. That’s basically what it comes down to.”

TARVARIS JACKSON, QUARTERBACK

“I haven’t really thought about it, for real,” said Jackson.

“I have no idea, man. I don’t want to say yes or no, but we all know how the league is. We know what the chances of me being back here.”

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” Jackson said, “but it wasn’t pretty green on this side either. I guess we’ll see. With the guys we have on our offense, I’d love to come play with these guys but we already know how it is. A fresh start might be good. Who knows?”

Jackson talked to another reporter:

“I don’t even know how to feel [as a free agent],” he said. “Usually I’m always on the other side looking at guys like, ‘Dang, I might not even see this guy next year.’ Now I’m that guy that’s probably going to be gone. It’s a little different, but it’s part of the game. I’m not upset or disappointed with the situation. I was kind of disappointed last year that I didn’t have a chance to be unrestricted. But I am now so I guess we’ll just see what happens.”

“I don’t know,” he said. “I had some great times here. I had fun here. I got some good teammates and some guys I’ll probably be in touch with. Some guys you won’t. Hopefully I’ll look back and just think of the good times, the times I had with my teammates. We won a lot of football games here. It was fun. It was my first experience in the NFL, came here as a rookie and now I feel like an old man. When I first came in I was a young guy and now I feel kind of old, 27 years old. That ain’t too old is it?”

“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said when asked if he felt appreciated. “I have mixed feelings about a lot of stuff, but I’m not bitter or anything. I understand it’s how stuff happens. I understand for everybody in this league it’s not going to happen the way you want it to happen all the time. They took a chance on me in the second round and I appreciate that. As far as feeling valued or anything like that, you guys were around. You can kind of see my career, how it happened. You can probably speak for that.”

CHAD GREENWAY, LINEBACKER

“Take a breath now and see what happens,” said Greenway.  “I can’t really do much else. Put a good year together but obviously we want to have the team success so that’s what’s disappointing.”

SIDNEY RICE, WIDE RECEIVER

“We haven’t even discussed anything about contract or anything like that,” Rice said. “I’m just keeping my ear open and listen to what the team has to say. I don’t mind being here. I was drafted here, I love the people here, the fans. Everything is good.”

BEN LEBER, LINEBACKER

“I don’t have any choice but to sit back and wait,” Leber said. “If free agency even starts, it’s not going to start until March and we don’t even know if we’re going to have that right now. There’s so much that has to be done so there’s no point in really even thinking about it. Just sit back and enjoy some time off.”


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One Response to “Pending Free Agents Speak Upon Departure”

  1. Ole says:

    How about favre, Adam? He’s a free agent.

    I hope favre goes to jail after a long, painful, drawn out divorce from Deanna that leaves him penniless, ostracized, castrated, ineligible for the hall of fame, stripped of all of his records, Superbowl victory forfeited, that stupid tractor of his sold at a bankruptcy auction for 10 cents, and out of options other than sharing a prison cell with O.J. Simpson in Turkey where Childress’ wife, DruAnn is the warden.

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