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Ray Edwards gets first-round tender

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The Minnesota Vikings have put together a new version of their Purple People Eaters from days gone by.

And with defensive end Ray Edwards, who emerged in a big way during a division-round crushing of the Cowboys, eligible for restricted free agency, the Vikings are making him a priority.

Edwards has been tendered at the first-round level, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

He’ll get a one-year contract worth $2.521 million, up from $1.01 million in 2009.

Given the gap between his 2010 tender and his 2009 salary, Edwards is one of the restricted free agents who can holdout only until June 15 without seeing the qualifying offer drop significantly. As of that date, the Vikings have the right to reduce the offer to $1.111 million.

There’s a growing belief that restricted free agents who would have been unrestricted free agents in a capped year will skip offseason workouts and, possibly, training camp and the preseason. If Edwards does it, however, he could lose more than $1.4 million.