By Eric Schmidt

The Atlanta Falcons, coming off their first loss of the season to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, parted ways with veteran DE Ray Edwards. The Purdue product was singed to a 5-year $27.5 million dollar contract prior to the start of last season but failed to live up to his billing. I five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Edwards racked up 29.5 sacks and 182 tackles.

With the Falcons however, his productivity slipped. In 25 games since joining Atlanta, he has 42 tackles and just 3.5 sacks, with no sacks this season. He had recorded just six solo tackles this season for the Falcons.

Edwards had been replaced in the defensive line after the Falcons had their bye week in week seven of the regular season. The Falcons are going to use a rotational situation to replace Lewis with Kroy Biermann leading the way.

There is little doubt that Edwards will generate interest around the league. He is just 27 and has a prototype defensive end frame at 6’5″ 270. It’s is a bit off however that in the middle of the season, with the playoffs in sight, the Falcons would decide to make this move at this point. I realize that he has not played that much this season for Atlanta but you’d think that they would want to keep around players at the defensive end position.

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