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)
In Week 10, the Atlanta Falcons saw their chances at a perfect season dashed by the rival New Orleans Saints. Following the defeat, Head Coach Mike Smith called a team huddle.
Apparently, defensive end Ray Edwards didn’t get the memo that he was a part of the team, as it reportedly took him three requests and an ordering from his teammates to join the huddle. NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer suggested this was the reason that Edwards was waived by the Falcons a day later.
Edwards signed a huge free-agent deal to play in Atlanta, and his release demonstrated a culture change in the locker room for the Falcon franchise. Edwards’ big contract and early release should serve as a warning to all NFL teams looking to pay up for veteran acquisitions.
Owner Arthur Blank was also reportedly in the locker room when the incident occurred, and when the boss sees you aren’t complying to the coach’s request, there’s a good possibility you’re heading out the door.
Photo via Facebook/Ray Edwards