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NFL Free Agency: Ray Edwards Downplays Eagles Rumors

During an interview with ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, DE Ray Edwards called himself the Minnesota Vikings "odd man out," saying he's behind Brian Robison, Adrian Peterson and others on the team's list of offseason priorities. 

For much of the offseason, Edwards' prime rumored destination was the Atlanta Falcons, but a Thursday report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shifted the presumed target to the Philadelphia Eagles. When asked about Philly, Edwards replied, "Rumors are rumors. They're always being spread around this time, and we'll wait and see what happens."

Edwards will likely be one of the most-pursued defenders in the 2011 crop, with Charles Johnson the only other marquee defensive end. Johnson is expected to remain a member of the Carolina Panthers, which could open up quite a market for the 26-year-old Edwards. He has 29.5 sacks in 58 career starts.

For more on Edwards and the Vikings, head to Daily Norseman.