The Falcons released Edwards on Monday.|||||||
Edwards has been a major disappointment since signing with the NFC South-leading Falcons (8-1) before last season. Still, it was a bold move for a team off to the best start in franchise history. Edwards had started four of nine games for the Falcons this season. He had just nine tackles and no sacks.
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Ray Edwards. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Edwards would sign a five-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because teams can't officially sign free agents until 6 p.m. Friday.|||||||
Edwards, who spent the last five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, fills a major void on the Falcons defensive line. He had 16.5 sacks the past two years and gives Atlanta another pass-rushing threat along with John Abraham.
Edwards was out Monday against the Giants again with a high ankle sprain.|||||||
Brian Robison started at defensive end.
Edwards was fined the most, $20,000, for spearing Dallas running back Marion Barber on Sunday.|||||||
Edwards was cited as a repeat offender - he was previously fined Aug. 28 for roughing the passer and Sept. 26 for unnecessary roughness.
Edwards has signed his contract tender.|||||||
Edwards was given a first-round-level tender worth $2.5 million for one year, but he waited three months to sign it. Edwards has expressed frustration about losing unrestricted status in free agency, when the final year of the collective bargaining agreement began without a new deal in place.