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Ray Edwards could sign with Seattle on Wednesday

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In November, the Falcons dropped a bomb on the league by dropping defensive end Ray Edwards from the roster.  Since then, however, the veteran has generated scant interest.

Until now.

The Seahawks worked out Edwards on Monday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.  A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that a decision as to whether Edwards will be signed is expected to come on Wednesday.

If the Seahawks do it, it would be another shrewd move for G.M. John Schneider.  Edwards, who was never a great regular-season defensive end, had a great postseason in 2009.  Also, if the Seahawks end up facing the Falcons, which could happen in the divisional round, Edwards will have inside information plus extra motivation to send Atlanta’s postseason record to 0-4 in the Smith/Ryan/Dimitroff era.

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  1. zrb17 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    Hawk Yeah !

  2. truwarier90 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    good pickup, hopefully he meets those dirty birds in the playoffs and drill matty ice. Edwards gonna make the birds feel guilty about releasing him. He’s gonna get payback and wipe that charlie chaplin ‘stache off blanks’ face.

  3. btwicey says: Dec 25, 2012 11:22 PM

    Seattle are such a likable team, I mean how could you dislike them?

  4. rexgrossman8 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:27 PM

    Drew Brees would like an explanation. (?) Merry Xmas everyone.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:32 PM

    THat would be huge.

  6. joenash72 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:33 PM

    It was a catch.

  7. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 25, 2012 11:34 PM

    Seattle peaked too early. They will lose in the divisional round.

  8. purpblooded says: Dec 25, 2012 11:36 PM

    He had one really good game with the Vikings, at Dallas, play-offs 2009. Took up boxing, not too good at that either.

  9. hauts81 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:38 PM

    “Edwards, who was never a great regular-season defensive end…” False. Edwards had a really good season for the Vikings in 2010, and he was pretty good before that.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 25, 2012 11:42 PM

    rexgrossman8: you’ve won the overwhelming dunce award.
    For a reward you get to sit in the corner for 5 hours reciting that stupid line that you typed repeatedly.

    But seriously…
    What does Seattle want with this overhyped has been?

  11. prestigious1 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:57 PM

    No one wants to see Seattle in the playoffs.

  12. truwarier90 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:02 AM

    Drew Brees would like an explanation.

  13. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 26, 2012 12:10 AM

    Wow. The Seahawks must really be desperate for defensive linemen if they would bring in a Ray Edwards type.

    Probably just a 3 week rental.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:15 AM

    Guarantee you if the Seabags go to Atlanta in the divisional playoff, they will CRUSH them.

  15. rickc402 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:22 AM

    Sorry Seahawks fans Mr Wright 212 jinxed it this move won’t mean a darn thing. That Hawks defense is 9 to 5 nasty, no reason to bring this dude in.

  16. darkneptune73 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:27 AM

    I remember when he was with the Vikings, he blended nicely. He goes to Hotlanta and does absolutely nothing. Going to the Seahawk will probably mean nothing as well.

  17. chadsay says: Dec 26, 2012 12:29 AM

    If SEA has seen any of Edwards’ recent game film, then the only reason to pick him up is to steal some ATL defensive info.

  18. jimmysee says: Dec 26, 2012 12:34 AM

    All these bird teams — it gets confusing.

    Seahawks, Eagles, Falcons, Cardinals, I must be missing one or two somewhere.

  19. David S. says: Dec 26, 2012 12:54 AM

    Peaked too early? I guess Russell Wilson will suddenly stop dominating defenses like he’s done all year. He’s only had the full playbook for the last 4 games and we all know how he’s handled it. Who will the Steelers be playing this year in the playoffs?

  20. ravenmuscle says: Dec 26, 2012 12:59 AM

    Steeler Nation consists of “mousy” fans an Old, Old,Old and washed up defense with a cry baby coach and a rapist quaarterback who does nothing but throw interceptions and lose games.

  21. shotgunnoblitz says: Dec 26, 2012 1:05 AM

    Hes probably being looked at to replace Jason Jones as a pass rushing DT and general D line depth.

    As for a steelers fan mouthing off about a team peaking too early. Hows it feel sitting at home in favor of the ravens and bengals?

  22. urshgur says: Dec 26, 2012 1:06 AM

    Seriously, there is nothing more over-rated than the “cut-player/inside info card.” All 24 coaches tape is far more informative. What do you think, we’re still in the 1970’s?

  23. eventhorizon04 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:25 AM

    “I guess Russell Wilson will suddenly stop dominating defenses like he’s done all year. ”

    You must not have been watching Wilson earlier in the year. While he’s played great recently, he had several poor games earlier in the year.

    Now that you’ve jumped on the Seahawks bandwagon, you should go watch video recaps of Wilson’s games against Arizona in week 1 (QB rating of 65), St. Louis in week 4 (0 TDs, 3 INTs, QB rating of 45), and San Francisco week 7 (QB rating of 38).

    For the record, I like Russell Wilson and consider him a legitimate candidate for offensive rookie of the year. However, anybody who thinks Wilson has been dominant “the entire season” and didn’t struggle the first few weeks clearly jumped on the Seahawks bandwagon around week 8 and didn’t pay attention to the games before that.

  24. jeffesky says: Dec 26, 2012 1:36 AM

    its a move to replace JJ who’s on IR. This team rotates thier D line a lot and if you can get good snaps from him (10 to 15) depending on how the game goes it makes sense. This D is fast and can get tired if they don’t rotate and JJ was an important piece. If Ray checks out I can see it helping,if not he will be down the road in short order.

  25. beastmode5150 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:43 AM

    After all the brilliant moves, draft picks, etc, I still find it mind boggling that people doubt John Schneider and Pete Carrols’ talent evaluation. Bored? Look at the hawks draft picks and trades (for example getting Clemons for tapp) and see something consistent, nobody thought the picks were good, and about every player is either dominating, a pro bowler or Playing far more than a normal 6th or 7th rounder. Bow down.

  26. dirtybirds233 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:50 AM

    Good luck. He’s a locker room cancer and posted a whopping 3.5 sacks with us. He was out performed by Kroy Beirmann and lost his starting job a few weeks into this season. When we signed him, people were saying he was only successful in Minny because he was opposite Jarred Allen…turns out they were right.

  27. seabronco says: Dec 26, 2012 1:52 AM

    I hope this has nothing to do with Sherman’s appeal ruling on Thursday. Maybe they know he will be out so they are looking for another player to fill the roster spot. Hope not!

  28. dirtybirds233 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:54 AM

    Not gonna lie, Seattle worries me the most of any team in the playoffs. Athletic QB, good run game, and a good pass rush. The only thing I’d say we could take advantage of is their corners playing tight man..Julio and Roddy have been burning that all year. But if Atlanta doesn’t make it, I’ll definitely be rooting for Seattle to win it all.

  29. wallykarue says: Dec 26, 2012 1:58 AM

    urshgur’s dead on. If that is the only reason Seattle is angling to sign him then the entire concept is ridiculous. It’d be one thing is Edwards was a player with significant time spent in Nolan’s system, but the guy didn’t even have a full season with it. Certainly wouldn’t expect him to be much help in the X’s and O’s department.

    If Seattle thinks he can legitimately help their pass rush, the risk is worth it. There won’t be much pressure for him to perform because he won’t be expected to be “the guy”. He’d also escape the chatter about how he’s failing to live up to his contract.

    A signing like this is vaguely familiar to late roster moves the Patriots have made in previous seasons.

  30. eisman86 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:09 AM

    as a long term season ticket holder for the Vikings.. for anyone to say this guy is any good doesn’t know anything about football..

    he had 0 good seasons.. hell 0 even mediocre seasons.. this is the guy that claimed he was going to break Strahan sack record and put up 3.5 sacks all year.. he’s garbage..

    So no the Falcons did not make a statement by cutting him.. if they did it was we need good players to get to the big game and you sir, are not..

    Seahawks would be idiots to sign him.. unless they did just for the Falcons game and then cut him right after, but don’t let him set the field.. pure garbage..

  31. txnative61 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:15 AM

    There’s a fairly long list of unsigned veterans the Seahawks have look at this year, along with a large number of draft picks and undrafted free agents seeing substantial playing time. They seem to favor the attitude that comes with being unappreciated. They are showing that there are more good players than the numbers show, given the right attitude.

  32. jrofc253 says: Dec 26, 2012 4:03 AM

    Purely a depth move. Seattle rotates their D’line as much or more than any other team in the NFL. It’s also no secret that pass rush is not a strength. It’s a huge reason why they’re terrible on 3rd & long. Schneider is great at finding undervalued talent.

  33. kattykathy says: Dec 26, 2012 6:04 AM

    I don’t know which is more lame………the people who continue to use a very played out quote “Drew Brees wants an explanation” to everything, or the people that give the idiot thumbs up?

  34. theageofquarrel says: Dec 26, 2012 6:49 AM

    ravenmuscle says: Dec 26, 2012 12:59 AM

    Steeler Nation consists of “mousy” fans an Old, Old,Old and washed up defense with a cry baby coach and a rapist quaarterback who does nothing but throw interceptions and lose games.
    __________________________________

    Why don’t you enlighten all of us by telling exactly what the relocated Browns have done in their 16 year existence?

  35. mmym1975 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:00 AM

    Seattle’s 13th man = refs. Since that’s the case anyone could be good on that team.

  36. ejmat2 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:22 AM

    One of the most overrated players in the league. Edwards benefited in Minnesota playing next to 3 probowl linemen. He was the 4th best out of the 4 of them. He is average at best. He had a couple of decent games but the one that stood out was in the Dallas – Minnesota playoff game. However, he’s all mouth. He is the one that said he could reach the single season sack record yet he’s never had double digit sacks in the regular season. Even with playing next to 3 probowl linemen. He’s more of a headache than what he’s worth. Way to throw a cancer cell in your team locker room Seattle. You’d be better off without him.

  37. baddegg says: Dec 26, 2012 8:20 AM

    It’s great to see all the pundits just assume that Seattle will win their first round match up, likely against Washington or Dallas. Seattle will have to travel for that match up, when they are far less “dominating” …

    If Seattle takes the attitude that all you are taking, and overlooks their first round opponent, it’s not likely that they make it to Atlanta.

  38. ebrownwareagle says: Dec 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    Ray Edwards is a BUM! That’s why ATL cut him after paying him all that money.

  39. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    “Seattle are such a likable team, I mean how could you dislike them?”

    Big mouth Richard Sherman. Entire team still refuses to acknowledge that the Golden Tate hail mary “catch” was a lie and should have been an interception. Pete Carroll kind of an arrogant butthead….

    Sorry Hawks fans. I like an underdog as much as the next guy buy you asked.

  40. roddytorock84 says: Dec 26, 2012 8:54 AM

    Haha you really think Ray Edwards even learned the playbook? He was too busy being a model/boxer.

  41. cags777 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:05 AM

    I would not get too excited over this, Seahawks fans. The guy has an attitude and only thinks of himself. That’s cancerous and the last thing your locker room needs when you guys are playing excellent football.

  42. purpleguy says: Dec 26, 2012 9:07 AM

    Edwards was known as the least liked Viking player by staff and outsiders when he was with the Vikes, lived off the double teams of Allen and Williams, thought he was the best right DE in the league,and was a bust in Atlanta. There’s a good reason he’s still out there. Then again, he oughta fit right in on that Seahawks team.

  43. jayc0478 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:09 AM

    “Peaked too early? I guess Russell Wilson will suddenly stop dominating defenses like he’s done all year.”

    I like Russell Wilson. He’s having a hell of a year but let’s not get carried away and say he’s been dominating defenses all year.

  44. steeeve718 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:12 AM

    Just a depth signing to bolster the pass rush since Jason Jones went on IR. He may not be any good, but I doubt he will be worse than Hebron Fangupo, whose roster spot he will likely take. No need to make a big story out of this. JS would not sign a guy just because he may have “inside information” on the Falcons defense.

  45. sterling7 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:25 AM

    As a Minnesota Viking 4life I told the world Ray Edwards is “WORTHLESS”. When Ray Edwards signed with Atlanta I asked “what is Ray Edwards paying Atlanta to play for them”? Now Seattle…………….dah!? Ray Edwards is available because he simply isn’t any good!!!

  46. peyton42 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:26 AM

    Anyone who thinks this move will have any positive impact at all for the Seahawks just hasn’t watched Ray Edwards play since he got his money. Completely invisible.

  47. Josh says: Dec 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    Seattle are such a likable team, I mean how could you dislike them?”

    Really? Let’s start with: (1) Pete Carroll is a dirty college coach who ran to the NFL to avoid fines and suspension; (2) overly arrogant DBs who hold on every play and dope; and (3) a bunch of idiotic over-zealous fans who have been claiming in earnest that the team has been a super bowl contender every year since 1996 (the earliest I was exposed to that dumb ass fan base in full). How am I doing here? Should I go on? I can.

  48. howiehandles says: Dec 26, 2012 9:49 AM

    “Guarantee you if the Seabags go to Atlanta in the divisional playoff, they will CRUSH them.”

    Not a fan of either team, but I doubt that. Seattle is nowhere as good on the road as they are at home.

  49. thejuddstir says: Dec 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    Ray Edwards promised Pete Carroll that he would break the single season sack record in one game and that’s all Petey had to hear. Ray Edwards had one decent year and that was when he had 3 All-Pros playing on the line with him that were getting double and triple teamed because no one worried about Ray-ray.

  50. necr0philia says: Dec 26, 2012 10:06 AM

    Wow Hawks just need info because they have no shot on the East Coast. Edwards is and always garbage. And NO HE WAS NOT GOOD WITH THE VIKINGS MR ALLEN WAS THE REASON FOR EDWARD’S SUCCESS. So Hawks fans keep being IGNORANT ON THE SUBJECT OF SUCCESS.

  51. jprcox says: Dec 26, 2012 10:40 AM

    It is true that Seattle seems to have a mastery over evaluating a players potential. However, with a good thing rolling going into the playoffs, the last thing you want is someone to rock your boat.

    I guess we will see, but sometimes just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

  52. hjnash1970 says: Dec 26, 2012 10:42 AM

    beastmode5150 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:43 AM

    After all the brilliant moves, draft picks, etc, I still find it mind boggling that people doubt John Schneider and Pete Carrols’ talent evaluation.

    *****************************************

    Sure, yeah…traded for Charlie Whitehurst. Signed Matt Flynn (pointlessly as it turns out). Braylon Edwards…he was there for five minutes, yeah?

    Now, I’m not saying that they haven’t done a great job in Seattle, but don’t go getting pompous and ignorant of the fact that they’ve had less to lose in many senses and some gambles have paid off with players that were slightly radioactive (Marshawn Lynch was damaged goods after Buffalo – though he is a great, great RB) or under the radar (Russell Wilson).

    They are definitely a team no one wants to play in the postseason. Even as a Falcons fan I can say that. But Ray Edwards showed NOTHING in Atlanta. If the move pans out for them, sure, it’ll look brilliant but it’s not as if the Falcons didn’t give him every opportunity to produce. I mean, he was playing on a line with John Abraham who, while in decline, is still a threat. All he was doing was collecting a paycheck.

    Good luck Seahawks – sincerely. If Atlanta can’t get it done, I hope that y’all do.

  53. shlort says: Dec 26, 2012 10:43 AM

    Yeah, Great pick up? No one else wanted him, yet he is supposed to be a good addition to the roster? In the NFL, if a player is out of the game when they think they still have some gas in the tank, they arent productive enough anymore to use a roster spot on.

    Edwards isnt playing because there are 200 better DEs in fron of him in the NFL.

  54. falcons88 says: Dec 26, 2012 10:55 AM

    How do you bring in a guy to “provide information” when he wasn’t there long enough with the new coordinators? He doesn’t have any information. He knows nothing and was only a “great player” because of Jared Allen.

    Oh yeah I’m sure the 13-2 Falcons are sitting there everyday, “Man why did we let Edwards go?”

  55. vikingcross says: Dec 26, 2012 11:25 AM

    Edwards isn’t really that good. Average at best. When he was with the Vikings they also had Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, and Allen on the line. Those 3 guys needed a lot of attention which left Edwards free to do as he pleased. Which resulted in only a slightly above average year.

  56. David S. says: Dec 26, 2012 11:45 AM

    “I guess Russell Wilson will suddenly stop dominating defenses like he’s done all year. ”

    You must not have been watching Wilson earlier in the year. While he’s played great recently, he had several poor games earlier in the year.

    Now that you’ve jumped on the Seahawks bandwagon, you should go watch video recaps of Wilson’s games against Arizona in week 1 (QB rating of 65), St. Louis in week 4 (0 TDs, 3 INTs, QB rating of 45), and San Francisco week 7 (QB rating of 38).
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    OK, the dominating defenses all year part may have been a bit of an exaggeration but it’s just been a long time since us Seahawk fans have had a dynamic QB to get excited about. Definitely not a bandwagon fan, Hawks have been my team since I’ve been in diapers.

  57. bert1913 says: Dec 26, 2012 11:53 AM

    Everyone calls Pete Carroll a “players coach” he is up to a point. As long as you work hard mentally and physically Carroll is there being the rah rah coach, patting you on the back etc. BUT, if you don’t bring your “A” game every week, Carroll would not hesitate on cutting you loose. (see TJ Houshmandzadeh)

    The Seahawks have a very strong veteran locker room with great team leaders. I know that the Falcons have the same thing, but maybe Edwards got too comfortable in there hearing the same messages everyday. This is a low risk chance that the Seahawks can afford to make. The Falcons are on the hook for most of his salary anyway. Like the saying goes: ” in Pete we trust”

  58. oreo51 says: Dec 26, 2012 11:58 AM

    Chris Clemons was pretty much a bust before he came to Seattle. Often times getting into the right system and locker room can make a big difference. It is not a bad thing for a player to feed off of the guys beside him. Since football is a team sport, that is what you are looking for. Schneider isn’t afraid to give gives like TO and Braylon Edwards extended looks. If Ray Edwards is not be a factor until next year, that would be good enough.

  59. 1phd says: Dec 26, 2012 12:01 PM

    Doubt this signing will happen because my sources tell me that Edwards made the mistake of asking ‘What’s your deal?’ to the head coach when they brought him in – which Caroll still hasn’t gotten over yet.

  60. hawktawker says: Dec 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    OK, the dominating defenses all year part may have been a bit of an exaggeration but it’s just been a long time since us Seahawk fans have had a dynamic QB to get excited about. Definitely not a bandwagon fan, Hawks have been my team since I’ve been in diapers.
    ___________________

    Great response! It’s true, other than 1984ish and 2005 we haven’t had too much to get excited about! The idea that we might have a legitimately great quarterback for years to come gets us long suffering Seahawks fans downright giddy!!! So excuse us if we lose track of reality here and there…most of us mean well!

  61. truwarier90 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    ray edwards is a beast, quick powerful big man can has great spin moves and power swim move that could shake anthony munoz in his prime.

  62. jayc0478 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:25 PM

    “ray edwards is a beast, quick powerful big man can has great spin moves and power swim move that could shake anthony munoz in his prime.”

    You realize you are talking about one of the best OL to play the game? Munoz would have man handled Edwards.

  63. yourmomcalled says: Dec 26, 2012 3:45 PM

    You never know what you’ll find. People said Big Mike Williams was garbage, and Pete got a good year out of him.

  64. 06mustang says: Dec 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    If he can provide a little playoff experience then sign him. Seattle could go either way come January. They could bow out in the first game or return to the super bowl and become a popular team. Whatever happens, I think more of America is watching that ESPN lets on.

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