Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 11/20/12

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards against the Washington Redskins on ESPN Monday Night Football September 11, 2006 in Washington. The Vikings won 19 - 16. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The Falcons made a surprising decision to release DE Ray Edwards early last week. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Sunday that the decision to release Edwards had to do more to with his reluctance to join a “team gathering” following Week 10′s loss to the Saints, per Mark Sessler of NFL.com. Falcons head coach Mike Smith reportedly asked the team to gather in the locker room, but Edwards “sat alone along the wall and ignored the request.” Smith asked him to join the rest of the team multiple times, but refused to do so. With no sacks this season and just 3.5 last year, Edwards hasn’t contributed much to Atlanta and his release likely won’t affect much for the Falcons, who have John Abraham rushing the passer anyway.
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