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We all remember Ray Edwards making his only memorable non-punching play of the year by tackling Chris Ivory by his long dreadlocks. At that point I believe most people said, "Wow, I forgot Ray Edwards was still a Falcon."
Well his disappointing 18 months as a Falcon is over as Jay Glazer reported, later confirmed by the Falcons, that Ray Edwards has been released. He was never going to be back next year with a salary escalating to over $5 million next year but the front office was not happy with the status quo and got rid of their underperforming "pass rusher."
Atlanta signed Edwards to a five-year, $27.5 million deal before the 2011 season after he recorded 16.5 sacks for the Vikings in the 2009-10 seasons. He was replaced in the starting lineup after the Week 7 bye. Edwards recorded just nine tackles and zero sacks in nine games this season after notching just 3.5 sacks in 2011. The Falcons will employ a rotation led by Kroy Biermann. Edwards should be able to find work on a much lighter contract.
Ray Edwards finishes his Atlanta career with only 3.5 sacks in 25 games. No word yet on who will take his roster spot but Atlanta does have plenty of defensive end depth between Lawrence Sidbury, Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews, one of whom should finally see some defensive reps.
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Atlanta landed big free agent defensive end Ray Edwards during the 2011 offseason. However, after his five-year, $27.5 million contract was signed last year, Edwards has failed to produce as the Falcons had hoped so they cut the veteran on Monday.
Edwards was set to make $3 million in base salary this year with $3 million option bonus that was paid out in March. If he clears waivers...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Its not often that a coach says that cutting a player who started 20 of his teams last 25 games will make his team better but thats what Falcons head coach Mike Smith said on Wednesday about defensive end Ray Edwards.
The Falcons parted ways on Monday with Edwards, who received a contract worth 11-million guaranteed in 2011 but made little impact on the field...
Defensive end Ray Edwards, who had started all 16 games for the Atlanta Falcons last year and four games this season, was released by the Falcons on Monday, the team announced. The Falcons signed him in 2011 to a five-year, $27.5 million salary, but he has not fulfilled expectations. He had 3.5 sacks last season and none this year while playing in all nine games. His playing...
The Atlanta Falcons, coming off their first loss of the season to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, parted ways with veteran DE Ray Edwards. The Purdue product was singed to a 5-year $27.5 million dollar contract prior to the start of last season but failed to live up to his billing. I five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Edwards racked up 29.5 sacks and 182 tackles.
The Atlanta Falcons cut ties with veteran defensive end Ray Edwards on Monday, sources confirmed to FOXSports.com.
Edwards, who agreed to a five-year deal in 2011 with the Falcons, was a big commodity in free agency after posting 31.5 sacks with the Minnesota Vikings in five seasons. Edwards has been active in each of the Falcons games this season, but has been used sparingly.
When the Atlanta Falcons went 13-3 a couple of seasons ago and were looking at home field advantage throughout the playoffs, things were looking good as far as their chances to get to the big game. Then, some guy named Aaron Rodgers came in and went into video game mode en route to a 48-21 thrashing that was only that close because coach McCarthy called off the wolves.
Jay Glazer reports that the Atlanta Falcons will release DE Ray Edwards.
This is definitely a surprise, considering that the Falcons signed him to a five-year deal worth $27.5 million just two years ago. Edwards received $11 million in guarantees, but Edwards has struggled to live up to his contract. In fact, Edwards only tallied 3.5 sacks with Atlanta and Pro Football Focus has...
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end Ray Edwards.
Falcons are making a surprise move and releasing DE Ray Edwards, a big free agent pickup couple of years ago
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 13, 2012
Edwards signed with the Falcons during the 2011 offseason and has only recorded 3.5 sacks in 25 games with the Falcons. It was...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- They sound like idle words, even for a team with the NFL's best record.
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