Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/13/12

In a surprise move, the Atlanta Falcons have released DE Ray Edwards, their prized 2011 free agent signing that was supposed to be half of a dangerous pass rushing duo with John Abraham. But things didn't go quite as imagined. Edwards started in 4 games this season, amassing just nine tackles and zero sacks. Atlanta inked him to a 5-year, $30 million deal in July 2011. Edwards parting gift after being cut is a whopping $11 million in guaranteed money. Not too bad of a severance check after being fired. Before signing Edwards, the team went after the Panthers' Charles Johnson, who chose to stay in Carolina. Some might argue that GM Tom Dimitroff didn't go after Johnson harder, and in the end, settled on Edwards, who's numbers were on the decline in Minnesota. The reasoning was that the Vikings were top heavy with Jared Allen in the mix, and Edwards would flourish in a new situation. Moral of the story: hindsight is 20/20.

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