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In five seasons with the Vikings, defensive end Ray Edwards recorded 29.5 sacks, including 16.5 in his last two seasons with the club.  Following the 2010 season, the Vikings opted to use their franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway and let Ray Edwards walk in free agency.

The Falcons gave Edwards a five year deal worth up to $27.5 million with an $11 million guarantee, and a number of Vikings fans balked at the idea of turning over the reins to Brian Robison on a full time basis when Edwards ended up getting such a reasonable contract.

As it turns out, however, the Vikings knew what they were doing and Edwards’ contract no longer looks reasonable.

Over the last two seasons Edwards has played in 25 games and only netted 3.5 sacks for the Falcons with 42 tackles and three defended passes.  Conversely, Robison has 13 sacks and eight batted passes with 71 tackles over the course of 26 games.

Robison’s current contract is a three year deal worth $14.1 million and included a $6.5 million signing bonus.

If the numbers and salaries aren’t enough evidence that the Vikings front office deserves credit for choosing Robison over Edwards, then the breaking news from Monday night will seal the deal.

The 8-1 Atlanta Falcons have waived the 27 year old Edwards.

Edwards, who has been hampered by knee problems of late, may get claimed via the waivers process and will certainly get a shot somewhere else even if he isn’t claimed.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up and how successful he ends up being.

The Vikings had a number of excellent individual performances on Sunday as they beat the Cardinals.  I want to know which player would get the game ball if you were in charge.

ADRIAN PETERSON:  23 rushes for 153 yards, 1 TD, and 2 catches for 6 yards (and a really nice form tackle on that Ponder interception)

PERCY HARVIN:  2 rushes for 10 yards, 4 catches for 37 yards, 1 TD, 2 kick returns for 46 yards

ANTOINE WINFIELD:  10 tackles and a sack

BRIAN ROBISON:  7 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble

HARRISON SMITH:  4 tackles, 1 interception, 1 TD

KEVIN WILLIAMS:  2 tackles, 1 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

CHRIS COOK:  2 tackles (but take notice of Larry Fitzgerald’s stat line)

When Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff for 103 yards for a touchdown, the tone of this game was set when the referees announced that Marvin Mitchell’s block to the back was getting it called back.  Despite a number of bad mistakes, missed opportunities, and questionable play calls the Vikings were able to beat the hapless Cardinals by a score of 21 – 14.

Here are some post-game thoughts:

Peterson Looked Fantastic

Adrian had a great game, point blank.  He ran the ball 23 times for 153 yards (6.6 yard average), and scored the first touchdown of the day on a beautiful 13 yarder.  He tacked on two catches for six yards.

Peterson had his best game of the season and finally truly looked to be back to his old self.  He was making quick cuts, had some getup in his step, and put on an impressive display of power running on a number of occasions.

On a day when the offense couldn’t seem to move through the air at all, Peterson’s dominance couldn’t have come at a better time.

This hasn’t been the most exciting week in the world of Vikings football, but I’ve always thought that in the least active portions of the offseason no news is good news.  Despite the lack of news, I have once again set out to scrounge up some reading material to occupy your work day.

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A few posts down, I previewed the Vikings current status at the defensive end position, including a section about contracts.

I was purposely non-descript about Brian Robison’s cap hit in 2012 and 2013 because I knew that his signing bonus and incentives would come into play, but I wasn’t sure how.

As it turns out, that answer came quickly.

Tom Pelissero reports that Robison triggered incentives in his contract with his performance in 2011.

As a result, his salary for 2012 will jump from $726,000 to $1.712 million, which still isn’t too bad for a serviceable starting defensive lineman.

In 2013, however, Robison’s salary of $864,000 will skyrocket all the way to $4.4 million.

Prior to the 2011 lockout, the Vikings signed Robison to a three year deal worth a maximum of $14.1 million and it included a $6.5 million signing bonus.  In reaching certain incentives, Robison is close to realizing the full amount of that contract.

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