Ray Edwards DL ATL Apr 09 '135 Comments

Free agent DE Ray Edwards intends to concentrate on boxing full time.

Two years after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract, Edwards has fallen out of the league. He blames Falcons coach Mike Smith for labeling him a bad apple during a playing-time dispute last season, thus poisoning his stock. "It's hard to get second chances in the NFL because it's a product line coming out of college," he said. Edwards is still just 28 years old, so we wouldn't rule out an eventual return just yet.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Dec 24 '12

The Seahawks worked out free agent DE Ray Edwards on Monday.

It's Edwards' second known workout after he was cut loose by the Falcons on November 12. The Seahawks don't have an obvious need up front, so perhaps they're just looking to add depth for their playoff run. Edwards tried out for the 49ers earlier this month.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Dec 04 '12

The 49ers reportedly worked out ex-Falcons DE Ray Edwards.

Edwards was cut by Atlanta in mid-November after refusing to join a post-game team gathering. He had just nine tackles and no sacks as a part-time player in nine games this season. Edwards would be purely a depth signing in San Francisco.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Nov 20 '121 Comment

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, the Falcons dumped DE Ray Edwards because he refused to join a team gathering following the Week 10 loss to the Saints.

Coach Mike Smith called the players together only to see Edwards ignore his request three separate times, refusing to join in with teammates. Owner Arthur Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff were in the room at the time, which certainly helped grease the skids for his removal despite forking over $1 million in termination pay.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Nov 12 '122 Comments

Falcons released LE Ray Edwards.

Atlanta signed Edwards to a five-year, $27.5 million deal before the 2011 season after he recorded 16.5 sacks for the Vikings in the 2009-10 seasons. He was replaced in the starting lineup after the Week 6 bye. Edwards recorded just nine tackles and zero sacks in nine games this season after notching just 3.5 sacks in 2011. The Falcons will employ a rotation led by Kroy Biermann. Edwards should be able to find work on a much lighter contract.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Jun 14 '12

Ray Edwards (knee surgery) says he's now fully healthy.

Edwards admitted that he was never feeling 100 percent after undergoing a knee procedure just before last season. He ended up with just 3.5 sacks despite playing all 16 games. Back-to-back offseasons with knee surgeries is never a good thing, but both operations sound like mere clean-ups.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Feb 25 '12

Speaking at the Scouting Combine, Falcons coach Mike Smith revealed LE Ray Edwards recently underwent a knee operation.

It's his second knee surgery in as many offseasons. Smith didn't go into much detail, but the fact that the operation flew under the radar and Edwards didn't miss a game last season suggests it was little more than a cleanup procedure. Coming off a disappointing first year in Atlanta, there's no reason to believe Edwards won't be 100 percent for the beginning of training camp.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Nov 16 '11

Falcons LE Ray Edwards has just two sacks and five quarterback hits through nine games.

Edwards had 16.5 sacks in his final 30 games as a Viking, which landed him a five-year contract with the Falcons in July. However, offseason knee surgery combined with the fact that he no longer plays opposite Jared Allen have led to meager production. As a team, the Falcons rank 27th in the league with just 15 sacks.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Oct 13 '11

Falcons DE Ray Edwards admitted he has been slowed by his knee through the first five games of the season.

Edwards had a "minor" knee procedure during the offseason and had no sacks in the first four games. He finally got one during Sunday night's loss to the Packers. "It's getting better and better each week, and it's starting to show in my play," said Edwards.

Ray Edwards DL ATL Aug 25 '11

Falcons LE Ray Edwards (knee surgery) will not be limited in his 2011 preseason debut Saturday.

"He has no different play count than anyone else," coach Mike Smith said. It sounds like the Falcons' high-dollar free agent pickup will be 100 percent to open the season.