The Seattle Seahawks will reportedly decide by the end of today whether or not they will sign free agent defensive end Ray Edwards, following his surprising release from the Atlanta Falcons back in November. After signing a very lucrative free agent contract with the Falcons, things just never worked out how Atlanta or Edwards would have liked, so they released him during the middle of the season.
While Edwards has worked out with at least a couple of other teams, the Seahawks may be the favorites to sign him as the 2012 NFL regular season draws to a close on Sunday. While Seattle would be adding a player with the potential to improve an already intimidating defense – especially at home – they could also be doing to in order to gain a bit of inside information.
The Falcons have clinched the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. They will receive a first round bye. The Seahawks have clinched a postseason berth, although it remains to be seen whether it will be as NFC West champion or as one of the two wild card teams. With that being said, the two obviously cannot meet during wild card weekend.
But if Seattle wins its first game in this year’s playoffs, they could very well end up traveling to Atlanta the following weekend. The Seahawks certainly would not mind if Edwards was able to give them a bit of inside information on the Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Of course, if Edwards could produce more than an average of one tackle per game while recording no sacks like he did during his time in Atlanta this season, Seattle may be getting more than a bit of insider info if they do decide to sign Edwards for the playoffs.