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Vikings’ Brian Robison Gets Paid

March 4, 2011

Backup defensive end Brian Robison took a step towards removing “backup” from his title on Thursday. The fifth-year player out of the University of Texas signed a three-year contract reportedly worth $14 million, including a $6.5 million signing bonus.

Robison, who appeared in every game last season, is expected to fill the void left by Ray Edwards. The Vikings extended a first-round tender offer to Edwards, but a new collective bargaining agreement will likely nullify that contract. If Robison commanded a $14 million dollar contract, Edwards’ price tag will likely be far more than the Vikings are willing to spend.

In other procedural moves, the Vikings extended tender offers to receiver Sidney Rice, safety Husain Abdullah, and linebacker Erin Henderson, but declined to tender quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, receiver Hank Baskett, defensive tackle Fred Evans, and fullback Naufahu Tahi. Despite the lack of an offer, Tom Pelissero of ESPN – Twin Cities reports that the Vikings may still explore the option of re-signing Evans and Tahi.

Until a new deal is reached between the league and the player’s union, however, no new contracts may be signed. Unless the two sides hammer out a deal in the near future, this may be the last transactional news for quite some time.

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