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Edwards failed physicals before Bills signed him

Defensive end Dwan Edwards visited the Broncos and Seahawks before signing a four-year contract with the Bills, but he never got a contract offer from them because of failed physicals.

PFT alum Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times has the news, which underscores what a risky signing it was for Buffalo.  Baltimore also withdrew their offer to Edwards during the free agency process.

For the record, we think Edwards was a solid young player worth taking a risk on.  He was able to play 18 games last season despite not undergoing neck surgery that the Ravens wanted in 2008.  (He did undergo spinal fusion surgery.)

“I’m glad they took a chance on me,” Edwards said about the Bills. “It motivates me,
definitely, that teams dropped interest. I’m looking forward to
getting back on the field with some of these teams.”

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21 Responses to “Edwards failed physicals before Bills signed him”
  1. Dan says: Mar 18, 2010 12:43 PM

    Eh….the Bills only have the medical staff that saved Kevin Everet’s life and helped him walk again….what do they know about neck and spinal injuries?……

  2. EG says: Mar 18, 2010 12:45 PM

    if this guy’s motivation is even remotely close to what he says it’s at, i get the impression he might be a bright spot on what will likely be a struggling Bills team this year

  3. QJ1984 says: Mar 18, 2010 12:54 PM

    How is this guy “a solid young player worth taking a risk on”? He is 29 years old, has been in the league for 6 years and he has had ONE solid season. Considering the supporting cast he played with in Baltimore, its honestly not even impressive.
    The Ravens thought so much of this guy that they opted to bring in an aging Trevor Pryce, rather than give him a shot at the starting job back in 2005. They preferred to use Jarret Johnson in their DL rotation in 05 and 06. Thats how much they thought of him.
    Maybe he’s just a late bloomer but it is unlikely. Edwards will be out of the league in 2 years. Bank on it.

  4. JohnnyCastle says: Mar 18, 2010 12:57 PM

    THe bills signed him to a 4 year 18 million contract after they found out about the Physicals? That should have at least brought the price down to 11-15.
    Overpaid.

  5. MTK says: Mar 18, 2010 1:13 PM

    The more players you bring in from winning teams the better off you are. Better him then Spencer Johnson or John McCargo staring on the DL. Its a long hill a head for this Bills team. I like that they’re not trying to find a quick fix ticket seller.

  6. sconnors says: Mar 18, 2010 1:13 PM

    QJ1984 I agree and I’m also a life long Bills fan… I have a guy feeling that were going to roll the dice on Tebow too.

  7. cptbobby says: Mar 18, 2010 1:22 PM

    Two things that make me really care less.
    Remember back when Brees and Culpepper where on the market. Brees Failed the Dolphons Physical, Culpepper did not…. HOW is that looking now…
    Also I will take anything that the Bills DRs say to heart when it comes to the spine.. Remember they are really a main reasin for Everett being able to walk right now….
    Welcome to Buffalo Dwan prove the haters wrong

  8. QJ1984 says: Mar 18, 2010 1:39 PM

    @ Beastie Bills
    Someones bitter because their team just signed a free agent bust.
    Make sure your back here to eat those words when Edwards sucks this season.

  9. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 18, 2010 1:43 PM

    how did he fail a physical?

  10. cptbobby says: Mar 18, 2010 1:44 PM

    OOO Also I trust Andrew Cappuccino a bit on the Spine stuff.,….
    The physician to examine Edwards for the Bills was Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, who performed the emergency surgery on former Bills tight end Kevin Everett in 2007. Everett suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury in the season opener, but cutting-edge procedures at the scene helped him miraculously regain his ability to walk.

  11. Sam says: Mar 18, 2010 1:53 PM

    @ QJ1984
    just so your aware his solid season was most recently and he overtook that aging trevor pryce for the starting job through the season. Also he does not need to be a superstar in the 3-4 scheme the bills have made leaps in bound in there transformation in there 2 most rcent signings. Also just so your ware football is a team sport and one guy wont make or break the defense I applaud the coaching staff on this one

  12. Love the Ravens says: Mar 18, 2010 2:07 PM

    some guys just take a little while to find their groove. I hope he does well and uses that motivation to play his best. I can understand why some teams may have shied away from him, but if the Buffalo guys cleared his neck, then so be it. Good luck Dwan, I would not have minded seeing you back, but as the Ravens tend to do, right player right price. He was just a little bit to pricey for our team. Good luck to the Bills this 2010 season.

  13. munchkin says: Mar 18, 2010 2:08 PM

    Didn’t Drew Brees fail a physical in Miami once too?

  14. rk_21 says: Mar 18, 2010 2:41 PM

    Who cares about what your training staff knows about spinal injuries. Dr. Latte, or was it Espresso MD, no wait it was Dr. Carmel Frappacino did for Everett in the past. It’s not like he is suffuring from the injury now. Dwan Edwards is now exactly what he was in College. He is a decent talent that will never be an impact player in this league. Buffalo fans need to understand that they are paying starter money to an decent backup player. Although Bills management thinks that being 29 makes him a newborn compared to your Crypt Keeper-esque owner Ralph Wilson and Civil War participant GM Buddy Nix. Good luck with the move to Toronto…I mean Buffalo Dwan. Maybe thats why he signed with the Bufranto Bills, he will have the opportunity to receive world class health care and unlimited access to maple syrup.

  15. Dan says: Mar 18, 2010 4:45 PM

    Yeah….starter money but not crazy starter money. 3-4 end wwho’s a starter on his former team-im game. Respectable 3-4 players are hard to come by now a days

  16. Cmscully says: Mar 18, 2010 5:16 PM

    QL1984 and rk21-
    You seem very bitter of the loss of Edwards. Are you guys still bitter that we got the better end of the trade in the Willis McGahee deal? We DID know better than to sign that bum long term. Talk about signing a backup to starter money…McGahee bent your organization over in that deal.
    Fact is that Edwards may have been in the league for 5- 6 years, but as you point out he was part of a deep defensive unit in Baltimore. Backups from strong units in many instances can be starters on other units. Figuring that the Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense, this seems to be a perfect fit and a good risk. Besides as someone pointed out already, his best season where he started his most games was after the injury and this past season, increasing the odds that this was even a lower risk pick up. I’ll take the facts over your opinions anyday. Provide me something of fact to show that this was not a good pickup and I will listen. I doubt you have anything…

  17. polakojones says: Mar 18, 2010 6:33 PM

    rk_21 says:
    March 18, 2010 2:41 PM
    Who cares about what your training staff knows about spinal injuries. Dr. Latte, or was it Espresso MD, no wait it was Dr. Carmel Frappacino did for Everett in the past. It’s not like he is suffuring from the injury now. Dwan Edwards is now exactly what he was in College. He is a decent talent that will never be an impact player in this league. Buffalo fans need to understand that they are paying starter money to an decent backup player. Although Bills management thinks that being 29 makes him a newborn compared to your Crypt Keeper-esque owner Ralph Wilson and Civil War participant GM Buddy Nix. Good luck with the move to Toronto…I mean Buffalo Dwan. Maybe thats why he signed with the Bufranto Bills, he will have the opportunity to receive world class health care and unlimited access to maple syrup.
    The person who left this comment is nothing more than a dumbass.

  18. whybuffalowhy says: Mar 18, 2010 7:29 PM

    @ rk_21
    Seeing that you believe a move to Canada would provide “world class healthcare”, I can assume that you have no idea what you are talking about and shoud STFU. That one ignorant statement discredits all of your bitchy points. You don’t sound like a Bills’ fan. You just sound like a hater. If your not a fan, you really have no reason to hate. Sooo…… WHY DON’T YOU JUST SHUT YOUR BIG YAPPER!!!

  19. DeuceDeuce13 says: Mar 19, 2010 9:02 PM

    Maybe he failed the piss test hmmmmm.. He was cleared to play in bmore and they also withdrew their offer after he failed other physicals. Why would they retract the offer because some other team didn’t think his neck would hold…. I wonderrr

  20. ravenator says: Mar 20, 2010 2:04 AM

    Total TD Buffalo Bills running backs 2008: 4
    Mcgahee: 12
    we can only give him so many touches when Ray Rice is around.

  21. shaslers says: Mar 20, 2010 9:38 AM

    No one is hating on Edwards. He played solidly for the Ravens in ’09, but was not a stand out player by any means. He hustles and plays the run well, and can get a little penetration. Mostly, he fills a need a lot of teams have for a five-technique DE in a 3-4 scheme.
    As for his history, he was the Ravens first overall pick, in the second round, in 2004, after the first round pick was traded to get Kyle Boller in 2003. He was a bad-body, high-motor player who took three and a half seasons to play well. Most fans were calling him a bust before he finally improved his physique and came on strong at the end of 2007.
    His injury, which washed out the 2008 season was neck damage. He has a cadaver disc in his neck. That’s why he failed the physical. He’s a guy fighting to keep an NFL paycheck. He proved he could play in 2009 but he does represent a ticking time bomb.
    If I were a Bills fan I would be proud of what Dr. Cappuccino did for Kevin Everette. But really, it has nothing to do with Edwards. The comparison is silly. Cappuccino is a surgeon who saved Everette’s life; the goal was to get him to live, and eventually walk. Edwards has already had his surgery — the Ravens told him he needed another — but in signing with the Bills the goal is to stay on the field and not do permanent damage. Cappuccino doesn’t factor in any of that. Sure, if Edwards suffers another terrible injury, he may find himself under Cappuccino’s knife, but that doesn’t add up to Bills fans having reason to believe Edwards’ chances of staying on the field are better in Buffalo than elsewhere.
    It’s a risky signing. I hope it works out for the Bills and you can take some solace that Edwards can offset the mistake that was made when Justin Bannan was allowed to leave the Bills.

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