Nov 4, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards (93) salutes the crowd before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Cowboys 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE
In a bit of shocking news from the Atlanta Falcons camp, it was announced by FOX Sports analyst Jay Glazer that the team has parted ways with defensive end Ray Edwards. Should the New Orleans Saints try to pick up another former Falcon to put on their roster?
Really the news isn’t a shock after you take in the regression that Edwards has had since arriving in Atlanta last season via free agency. Before that he was a main piece of the defensive line for the Minnesota Vikings since they drafted him in 2006.
During his time in Minnesota he registered 182 tackles and 29.5 sacks. He had two monster back-to-back seasons in 2009 where he had 8.5 sacks and 8.0 sacks in 2010.
When Edwards hit free agency he was sought after by a few teams and New Orleans was rumored to be a possible landing spot as well as Atlanta. In the end he chose to sign a five-year with the Falcons.
Edwards though was a letdown in his time with the Falcons and in his 1 1/2 seasons has only registered 42 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. In 9 games this season alone he has a mere 9 tackles, an average of one per game.
Social media lit up with Saints fans pondering the idea again of possibly bringing Edwards in to help on the defensive line and helping regenerate the putrid pass rush that only saw life against the porous Philadelphia Eagles offensive line.
I’ll admit at one time, that would have been a good pickup. I’m sure one thing burning in the minds of Who Dat’s is the thought of gaining another former member of the Falcons like the Saints did with linebacker Curtis Lofton. There are just a few problems.