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, recording only 3.5 sacks over those 25 regular-season games.
It was a decision that we made that we thought is going to make our football team better today and in the future and thats what youve got to do when you make decisions, Smith said.
In Smiths five seasons Edwards would seem to represent a rare, if not lone, example of a player who has started that many games and played that much he played 20 snaps in Sundays 31-27 loss to New Orleans and was cut in midseason.
Yet Smith denied that the organization was making an example out of Edwards, who totaled 16.5 sacks in the 2009 and 2010 seasons while pla...