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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Brian Robison set to replace Ray Edwards?

By Kevin Seifert

We have one more personnel move to report before we call it a night here. (I hope/think/believe.) The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed reserve defensive end Brian Robison to an eye-opening three-year deal that suggests he might be more than a situational player in 2011.

I believe Adam Caplan of Fox Sports had the story, reporting the deal to be worth $14 million, including $6.5 million guaranteed. Robison has since confirmed via Twitter that the deal is official.

Robison has started only seven games in four seasons with the Vikings, five of which came as an injury replacement in 2007. But the Vikings are not known to be making any effort to re-sign incumbent left end Ray Edwards, making Robison the likeliest internal candidate to replace him. It's also possible the Vikings could seek reinforcements via the draft and/or free agency.

Robison told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune: "This is definitely a big-time vote of confidence."

Many of you are asking what the NFL's 24-hour extension means in terms of free agency and player movement. Per ESPN.com's news story, Thursday night's deadline hasn't changed:
Part of Thursday's agreement was that, even though an extension was granted, the league year has ended with player transactions. Teams no longer can cut, re-sign players or make any player moves after 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, until there's a new CBA.

League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the transaction freeze via text, saying teams are free to negotiate with players and agents, but signings are prohibited.

Back with you Friday.