Ray Edwards Must Think He's Clairvoyant

As you've probably heard or read by now, Vikings' defensive end Ray Edwards is going to be making his professional boxing debut in a couple of weeks at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Specifically, he will be fighting on May 20 at 7:30 PM. His opponent, former kickboxer T.J. Gibson, is a full eight inches shorter than Edwards is.

Maybe it's been a while since I watched boxing. . .but doesn't boxing have weight classes? Because seriously, if Ray Edwards and this Gibson fellow are fighting when Edwards is 6'5" and Gibson is 5'9". . .eh, it just doesn't seem right to me.

But more surprising is how the fight is being promoted. Check out this piece of advertising from the Midwest Sports Council.

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Edwards is already being billed as "Former Minnesota Viking" Ray Edwards. Which is weird, since the last time I checked, if the 2010 league rules go into effect (which is expected to happen if the current lockout is lifted), that guy isn't an unrestricted free agent. He's a restricted free agent that has been tendered at the first-round level by the Minnesota Vikings.

So, if the 2010 rules go into effect, unless some NFL team is willing to part with a whole lot of cash and their first-round draft choice, Ray Edwards won't be a "former" Viking until 2012 at the earliest.

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