Ray Edwards' release a message to Falcons players
Not sure if any seen this, and no.. I don't think we should sign him, just thought it was kind of crazy..
Regardless of record, the 8-1 Atlanta Falcons said they will evaluate their team every week. If players thought they were hollow words, the release of Ray Edwards on Monday sent a clear message.
"It's scary," rookie offensive lineman Peter Konz said, managing a weak smile, via the Associated Press. "It makes you think. But if you do the right things, get the job done on the field, you don't have to be too worried about itā
Edwards signed a five-year, $30 million contract ($11 million guaranteed) in July 2011 to compliment defensive end John Abraham in the pass rush. He has done little in his 25 games with the Falcons, posting just 3.5 sacks last year and zero in nine games to start this season.
The big name bombed out big time. Coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff weren't afraid to eat the sunk cost and move on with players who were more productive. Any player can be replaced at any time.
The locker room got the notice.
"It's a wakeup call," safety Thomas DeCoud said Wednesday. "The message has been received."
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