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Updated: June 14th, 2010 11:33am
Ray Edwards, Nate Triplett sign deals; six players released

Ray Edwards, Nate Triplett sign deals; six players released

by Tom Pelissero
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As expected, Minnesota Vikings end Ray Edwards has signed his restricted free-agent tender, according to the team's Web site.

The team also announced the signing of fifth-round draft pick Nate Triplett and the releases of six players: center Eddie Adamski, tackle Matt Hanson, running back James Johnson, receiver Aaron Rhea (injured), cornerback Angelo Williams and tackle Marlon Winn.

Edwards refused to sign the tender -- which is worth $2.521 million -- throughout the offseason in protest of not getting a multiyear deal. But the Vikings never have been particularly concerned about the prospect of Edwards holding out of training camp, in part because neither of his options was palatable.

If he didn't sign the tender by Tuesday, the Vikings could have dropped their offer to $1.1 million.

Now that Edwards has signed, he would be subject to daily fines if he holds out and would lose a year's service toward free agency if he doesn't report by Aug. 10.

Brian Robison took Edwards' place at left end with the first-team defense during this past weekend's minicamp. There's little reason to think Edwards won't be in his usual spot when training camp opens on July 30.

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