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Falcons cut Ray Edwards

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Even the best teams in the NFL have issues.

The Falcons, riding high with an 8-1 record, have released defensive end Ray Edwards.  Jay Glazer of FOX first reported the move, and the team has announced the transaction.

Signed by the Falcons after the 2011 lockout to a five-year, $27.5 million salary, he has appeared in every game despite chronic knee problems last season.  He has 3.5 total sacks during his 25 regular-season games, and none this year.  He started four of nine games in 2012.

Edwards began his career as a fourth-round draft pick of the Vikings.  He became an unrestricted free agent after spending five years in Minnesota.

Since the trade deadline has passed, Edwards will be subject to waivers.  If no team claims his prorated $3 million base salary, he’ll become a free agent — and he’ll be entitled to collect the balance of salary as termination pay.

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61 Responses to “Falcons cut Ray Edwards”
  1. ricksaints says: Nov 12, 2012 9:46 PM

    And the unraveling begins…

  2. shawon0meter says: Nov 12, 2012 9:47 PM

    I’m glad the Vikings decided to roll with Brian Robison

  3. bovice23 says: Nov 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    Got a 27.5 million dollar contract off of one playoff game against Dallas and barely taking advantage of Jared Allen double teams. Anyone who watched him play throughout his career in Minnesota saw this coming.

  4. clbrett06 says: Nov 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    Won’t be surprised if he heads to Oakland or New England.

  5. geektriumvirate says: Nov 12, 2012 9:51 PM


  6. spytdi says: Nov 12, 2012 9:54 PM


  7. berniemadoffsides says: Nov 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    Addition by subtraction.

  8. richiesaurus310 says: Nov 12, 2012 9:54 PM

    I knew this guy was average back when he was on the vikings. Any end could have produced where edwards was since he had pat and kevin williams plus jared allen on the d-line with him.

  9. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 12, 2012 9:56 PM

    I know a team that could use D help, i will not mention them tho!!!

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 12, 2012 9:59 PM

    Why couldn’t they just cut him before the trade deadline and get a DE upgrade to replace him? There were lots of struggling teams that might have been willing to make a deal that would amp up Atlanta’s chances for a title this year.

  11. zn0rseman says: Nov 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    Brian Robinson > Ray Edwards

  12. rg3andthensome says: Nov 12, 2012 10:03 PM

    Chronic Knee Issue=No interest from Skins

  13. breadslicer says: Nov 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    I get the impression Thomas Dimitroff is not messing around.

    Could be wrong.

  14. veence69 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    Just more time for that modeling “career”, Ray Ray.

  15. iceshocker says: Nov 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    Good, he’s literally been a ghost out there.

  16. mataug says: Nov 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    I hope he was grateful enough to send a thank you card to Jared Allen.

  17. vikefan284296 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:05 PM

    Thank God we have Brian Robison!

  18. eric4086 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    Kenyon Coleman out for the year so pick up that phone Mr. Jones!!!

  19. meadowlark89 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    Good to see another team thought he was horrible.

  20. canadianvikingfaniii says: Nov 12, 2012 10:14 PM

    He was horribly overrated. Any success he had came from playing next to the Williams Wall and Jared Allen. Not only that, but he thought he was actually Elite.

  21. eastsideballa says: Nov 12, 2012 10:15 PM

    Pick him up Lions, then next year we can let Avril walk without having a production dropoff. Also, Lions fans whose down with the Lions drafting Tyrann Matheiu 1st round draft pick=KR/PR and a shutdown DB…just as long as he’s in prison only during the offseason and not the regular season. +1

  22. JackLeone says: Nov 12, 2012 10:17 PM

    Ray Edwards was a product of Jared Allen’s double team

  23. warriors2533 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:17 PM

    He would be a good addition for the pats

  24. jacobslatter says: Nov 12, 2012 10:20 PM

    The Falcons really really REALLY wanted to sign Charles Johnson away from the Panthers but lost out to the boo-koo bucks they threw in his face and bank accounts so the next up dude was Ray Edwards. So I guess more Kroy Biermann & Lawrence Sidbury & Cliff Matthews. In Mike Nolan We Trust.

  25. necr0philia says: Nov 12, 2012 10:21 PM

    Thank you Atlanta,that guy was a BUST. Now take that money and get a running back and someone who can sack the QB. This guy was a waste of space and just collecting a check with no EFFORT. Goooo Dirty Birds!!

  26. chadsay says: Nov 12, 2012 10:21 PM

    good luck with that modeling career…

  27. mrobinson14 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:22 PM

    Please Cleveland. Please get this guy.

  28. drubber75 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    Head back to the 55415 Ray!

  29. reptar24 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    The purple certainly made the right call on letting this bum go.

  30. foreverrebuilding says: Nov 12, 2012 10:29 PM

    Please Cleveland. You’re better than that.

  31. ricksaints says: Nov 12, 2012 10:36 PM

    Let the unraveling begin…

  32. dfalcon3522 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:37 PM

    My buddy just pointed out to me that he got 11$ Million for 3.5 sacks!

  33. axespray says: Nov 12, 2012 10:39 PM

    Could’ve gotten Cullen Jenkins for cheaper – dude’s interior rush opened up a ton of opportunities for guys like Babin – a young Matthews – etc.
    Having Cullen in the middle would’ve opened up things for John Abraham.

  34. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:41 PM

    Didn’t this guy say he was going to break Michael Strahan’s single season sack record? Well, he’s finished WAY short!

  35. vikefan284296 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:42 PM

    Anyone remember in 2008 when he said that he would break Strahan’s sack record but has yet to get double-digit sacks.

  36. ppc50 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:44 PM

    “Kenyon Coleman out for the year so pick up that phone Mr. Jones!!!”
    Though it would be good to get another lineman to replace Coleman, Edwards is a DE in a 4-3 defense with both the Vikes and Atl – he is too “small.”

  37. grendelg says: Nov 12, 2012 10:46 PM

    The writing was on the wall when they started playing more 3 DT formations. He wasn’t getting pressure on the QB so if he’s just there to defend the run why not just use a DT?

  38. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 12, 2012 10:46 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I have one thing to say… HAHAHAHA.

    Ok, on a serious note, I didn’t think he was THIS unproductive!

  39. clevelandschronic2 says: Nov 12, 2012 10:59 PM

    I also agree the cleveland Browns should get him. What do we have to lose. Put him in the rotation of linemen next to rubin taylor n sheard. With the young d-linemen to help take some pressure off him.

  40. phreakin says: Nov 12, 2012 10:59 PM

    This smells of a pending suspension they knew was coming down on him

  41. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 12, 2012 11:00 PM

    One of the worst signing the Falcons have made in the last 20 years.

    He should never have lasted this long.

    No former vikings have success in the NFL. They have that failure mentality.

    Now the Falcons have learned what the rest of the league knows. Never sign a former viking because they do not contribute.

  42. kane337 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:06 PM

    Not having Edwards out there is like having Edwards out there.

  43. burnttoast71854 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:11 PM

    Do the people who say go get this guy even watch football or do u just go by names. Watch this guy play & u wonder why Atlanta even wanted him let alone pay him that kind of money. When I’ve watched him play he’s always diving at people’s knees & ankles. Our great GM of the cowboys will probably sign him because like the other post on here saying how good he is.

  44. b00rad says: Nov 12, 2012 11:12 PM

    Cut Turner

  45. bigks77 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:34 PM

    No sack record this year! Ialto!!!

  46. 69jaredallen69 says: Nov 13, 2012 12:06 AM

    Good thing he has that promising boxing career to fall back on #sarcasm

  47. djbleedthestar says: Nov 13, 2012 12:08 AM

    Makes me mad that he plays like an all-pro in playoffs against the cowboys but then has a sorry career. smh

  48. theallegedone says: Nov 13, 2012 12:11 AM

    As a Vikings fan, all I can say, is that ….WE’RE MORE THAN HAPPY WITH BRIAN ROBISON. Thanks for leaving!

  49. milkmandanimal says: Nov 13, 2012 12:37 AM

    He’s like Alvin Harper, except on defense. When the guy on the other side is HOF-worthy and drawing double teams every second of the game, it’s pretty easy to look good.

  50. torontofalcon says: Nov 13, 2012 12:55 AM

    From a falcons fan, no matter how bad your DE situation is you still dont want this guy. I mean he cant do anything. We wanted Charles but Car way overpaid for him so we settled for Ray, wasnt a huge price to pay but he was still sh*tty

  51. bmue42 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:04 AM

    for once i could see the packers pickin up a vikings wash up instead of vice versa

  52. roddytorock84 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:08 AM

    Turner is on the chopping block next. This is his last chance then he is gone

  53. rajbais says: Nov 13, 2012 1:56 AM

    Back to the Vikes!!!!

  54. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Nov 13, 2012 3:11 AM

    You mean he didn’t break the single season sack record in Atlanta? Well at lease he can pursue his wildly successful boxing career now…

  55. kepickle says: Nov 13, 2012 5:49 AM

    ha Panthers are happy with there DE’s & there DT will do for this yr i see no need for this dude

  56. whatjusthapped says: Nov 13, 2012 7:06 AM

    After his grand boast that he would set the sack record, he has been terrible. Talk about “All hat and no cattle”

    But in many ways, he is truly representative of the Vikings who drafted him, lots of talk, no production and when the chips are down, completely disappears.

  57. mannyicey says: Nov 13, 2012 8:02 AM

    That’s fantastic that the Falcons are improving, even though they’ll have the NFC South wrapped up by Dec. 2nd.

  58. beckzhere says: Nov 13, 2012 8:13 AM

    Its about time! He was a cheap gamble that didn’t pay off. Adios Ray Ray, you will not be missed.

  59. spartan822 says: Nov 13, 2012 8:48 AM

    Well I guess now he can focus on his boxing career.

  60. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 13, 2012 9:12 AM

    it’s really beyond stupid at this point for people to still say that carolina grossly overpaid charles johnson 2 years ago. since then, he’s had 6 forced fumbles and 17.5 sacks. it was one of the best free agent acquisitions of that offseason. and he’s out-producing julius peppers by the way.

  61. vikesfansteve says: Nov 13, 2012 2:06 PM

    Ray had some good games and at other times not good but he would still work well rotating for the Vikings, better than having an extra wide receiver like Burton who plays 4 plays a game gets one pass thrown his way and drops it.

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