The Falcons have released disappointing DLE Ray Edwards, the team confirmed Monday evening.
Edwards signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Falcons before the 2011 season after recording 16½ sacks rushing opposite Jared Allen for the Vikings from 2009-2010. In 2011, Edwards started all 16 games for Atlanta and recorded 33 tackles and 3½ sacks, but he had started just four of nine games this season, recording nine tackles and no sacks.
Edwards was recovering from knee surgery in his first season with the Falcons, and he underwent another procedure on the knee in the offseason.
The way we see it
The Falcons were looking for a pass rusher to provide a consistent push playing opposite DRE John Abraham when they signed Edwards, but Edwards did not meet expectations and played primarily on running downs for much of this season.
Fifth-year DE Kroy Biermann has started three games for Atlanta this season and made 17 starts over the previous three seasons. He had already been playing more than Edwards and will continue to get the bulk of the playing time at left end.