The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end Ray Edwards.
Edwards was signed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract last season – the Falcons’ “splash” of the offseason. Since signing with the Falcons, Edwards has just 3.5 sacks after he notched 29.5 in five years with the Minnesota Vikings. He failed to record a sack this year.
This season, he was primarily used on rushing downs: Pro Football Focus has him playing just 36.7% of defensive snaps.
I can’t say I’m surprised by this move; he has been greatly outperformed by Kroy Biermann. I also likes the message it sends: no one, regardless of contract, is getting a free ride. Perform, or you’re out of here.