Falcons Cut Ray Edwards, Say Signing Him Was A Big Mistake

· November 13, 2012

Say goodbye to one of the few significant personnel mistakes of the Thomas Dimitroff-Mike Smith era.

Defensive end Ray Edwards, the epitome of a free agent bust, was drop-kicked by the Falcons Monday night. How bad does a supposed high-profile player have to be for him to be found useless by two defensive coordinators (Brian VanGorder and Mike Nolan) in two seasons?

The Falcons alibied for Edwards last season, when he managed only 3.5 sacks after recording 16.5 the previous two seasons in Minnesota. They said he wasn’t healthy. There also were suggestions that he wasn’t being used right by the since-departed VanGorder.

Well, excuses apparently weren’t being accepted this season – and Nolan presumably was given a bigger hammer to swing than VanGorder.

Edwards had become a highly paid part-time player. He was brought in to help the pass rush. He devolved into early-down player to defend the run. He wasn’t even doing that well. This for a guy who was signed before last season to a five-year, $27.5 million contract (more than half of which fortunately never will make it into his pocket).

How much had Edwards disappeared? According to Football Outsiders, which tracks the total snap counts of every player, Edwards was in for only 14 plays total in Sunday’s game at New Orleans, and four of those came on special teams. He played on only 10 defensive snaps, which equated to 18 percent of the game.

Meanwhile, Nolan has found ways to use younger players in Edwards place and Kroy Biermann has been used in pass-rush situations and even dropped into coverage.

There was a growing belief that if Nolan couldn’t find much use for him, Edwards would be gone after the season. He gave the impression he just didn’t care. Some wondered if he was putting greater effort into his modeling career. (Here’s a link to his 2012 Edwards’ modeling calendar. Not sure if they’re still $8.)

He also wasn’t the most pleasant person to be around for the media, not that a team would factor that into a personnel decision. Besides, by this point, nobody really wanted to talk to him anyway.

The fact the Falcons made this move now is remarkable for an NFL team just past the halfway point of the season. But if they are going to get pounded publicly for the signing, they should be credited for making such a bold move now. It’s actually a good sign that they were not going to let a problem fester and potentially ruin the season. That said, signing him was a big mistake. Via AJC

He won’t be unemployed for long some team will pick him up.

  • http://atlnightspots.com B Strait 3000(mega-corp)

    Wow!. Send me lastarya’s number ray ray LOL. I got “big” plans for her LOL

    • LaStarya

      You don’t have to ask him ask me… i run this over here… You gone LEARN today..lol

      • http://atlnightspots.com B Strait 3000(mega-corp)

        @lastarya, lmao!! Ok then baby I hear u LOL. *billy dee Williams voice*…”Cmon out to chitown baby…so we can discuss my plans” LOL. Wut up lady!!

        • LaStarya

          i was just there for halloween..

      • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

        oh snapple,heeey gurl lol

        • LaStarya

          lol

          • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

            @LaStarya,you gots lots of time on your hands i see lol..hit me up when you back home in new orleans. we love you hear at ANS..even moor does too lol

      • http://www.atlnightspots.com Hahz

        Wsup Star, I see you shut down real quick lol.

        • LaStarya

          hey this story has nothing to do with me… lol just saying

    • MoorFedayeen

      She #TeamFugly and #TC affiliated so there will be no BP plans for LaStarya playboi, unless you paying up.

      • http://atlnightspots.com B Strait 3000(mega-corp)

        This nigga here^^^ LOL. Smh.

        • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

          she coming home with ya boy to cook me some gumbo lmao! afterwards she cracking her sh1t OPEN

          • LaStarya

            cooking gumbo today

          • presto 2.5

            so the only thing missing…is cracking her shyt open fam…”Throw her some of that speacial “apple cider” you and @3000 was talkin bout and its on”…lol

        • presto 2.5

          LMAO @3000…”Thats the reason he cant get booty…lol…talkin reckless in front of the ladies”

          MegaCorp…”Where Big homie @Str8’s reply button gets love from ya favorite…”Turning ya magazine cover into reality”

          and @Moor…”We cant take you out in public no more….”…lol

          • http://atlnightspots.com B Strait 3000(mega-corp)

            Lmao @yall^^^^^….yall nuts!!!

  • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

    Ray Edwards? Ray Edwards that use to bang Lastarya? hmm,we could use him here in new orleans with will smith,cameron jordan,and bunkley as our front four on defense but i know that might not happen.

  • lazarus231

    No longer got that prototype to give out that TLC, @Sheed, ya’ll be givin him the Turk convo after 3 games. LOL Didn’t this cat get a tat of Star? She left now no Motivation, strung out on that good. SMH. Case an point we ain’t even really talkin bout Ray Ray. Jus what he over-achieved. LOL

    • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

      lmao pretty much..lastarya like,30 though right? old ass haha but i’d still get in them drawers though ya heard me

      • lazarus231

        I feel this woman’s frame,skin, is the prototype fam. ANS know i ride wit Bubbles all day, but you cannot deny Star is blessed like we in the front pew next to the choir singin Amazin Grace. Real talk.

        • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

          yeah,word up. her and ms.damn the only ones i seen putting on for new orleans heavy. i actually seen lastarya in person at winn dixie three years ago,body is much better in person.

        • presto 2.5

          Lol @Laz…”I would hate for Star to be in front of me in church…”

          **Pastor Voice**…”May we all stand with our offering in our hand”

          **Prest behind Star thinkin**…”Lawwwwd Have Mercy!!…God is good!!”…lmao!

          • lazarus231

            As@Presto “accidentally” leans forward and brushes up against the donk, knockin over the offering plate. LMBAO

          • LaStarya

            lmfao….. in tears..lol

          • presto 2.5

            “Plz dont laugh at me like that babygurl…or i will have to find you and taste your gumbo…Ohhh wait!!…i dont wanna end up like Ray-Ray…unemployed fukn wit you”…LMFAO!!

            MegaCorp…”The Internet SupremeTeam”

  • lazarus231

    She would need Secret Service and CIA around me. LOl. I don’t think I could control me….or him. I’d be in Winn-dixie manager office cuffed up with Star yellin at me “Nicca, was it worth it”………..Yes, yes it was I AIN’T NEVER WASHING MY HANDS AGAIN. LMBAO

    • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

      lmfao you crazy son. i know ms.damn be downtown on the weekends sometimes here. i wanna feel that ass though son,i know t’s fake but i wanna know what a fake donk feels like haha.

      • lazarus231

        Yeah, ever since I seen 50 holdin that wagon up and strugglin. Inquiring minds want to know. She got some nice DSL’s too. Super poke out cliffhanger on Ms. Damn. No’rleans got a lot of thickness scattered throughout tho.

        • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

          yeah,but they hard to find man. i go back and forth from new orleans and san antonio. ms.damn could get fed on the weekends.

          • lazarus231

            Now you know you gonna keep that locked up in da dungeon for more than a weekend, specially if she can cook. ANS like “Where @Sheed been. Ain’t seen him in 2-3 months”. LOL

        • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

          lmao yeah,i’d go ghost for a while if someone like lastarya or any bad broad in general can cook her ass off. gumbo with apple cider and you good to go in my book!

  • Birdman202

    Lastarya marry me tonight.She doesn’t need nobody but me i make some really good french toast the morning after we’ve gone out for a night on the town. I got rent money for night… eddie murphy

    • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

      lol star shinin on his own post smh. this is from like two years ago when her and cubana were cool,keep this for the memories..http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs/48950_o.gif

      • lazarus231

        +10, gotta strap in for that wave, damn.SMH “Put your momma on the phone”………..

    • LaStarya

      you cook……looking for ya…..

      • lazarus231

        I got you, we are not having French toast. LOL

  • lazarus231

    It’s amazing how this thread is no longer about Ray Ray. LOL.

    @Birdman, you gonna need some grits, and bacon and eggs wit that fam. No napkin.

    • LaStarya

      very funny

      • lazarus231

        We know you didn’t become the prototype off of French toast alone. Gotta maintain that “thickness”. All Bs aside, We on ANS love and lust you ma. Keep doing you while we dream about it. LOL

    • presto 2.5

      lmao @Laz!!

      • lazarus231

        Am I wrong, Most if not all of us would kick whatever 3-5 yr relationship we had out the door for 30 mins wit Star, of which some of ya’ll only need 2-3 mins.

  • lazarus231

    @Hahz, we need a Star post A.S.A.P, The tribe has spoken. We miss her. Our Precious the Prototype.

    • presto 2.5

      your unicorn jus left..it said find your own ryde home…lol

      • lazarus231

        Make no mistake @Presto, dick drives the car fam, Lol and quit chasing my Unicorn down the street. You know she got her on stable in Buckeye Country by way of Florida. LOL

  • http://kingmagazine.com President Ward

    @LaStarya hey hi you doin?

    • presto 2.5

      LMFAO!!!!!!!!!

      • lazarus231

        You wrong for that @Presto. Star has that affect on mere mortal men…an women. LOL

        On another note, I think this the most comments Ray has EVER gotten on ANS. That’s Staying power. Women love that. LOL

        • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

          Yeah man. Didn’t expect Star to show up and Ray to have this much attention from the pack lol. She’s automatically in the model of the year race now.

          • lazarus231

            without question, she’s a ten table stunner. Star walk in the room an now you got domestic violence breaking out at every table. Errbodys chick whippin they man’s ass for lookin a little too long at that wagon. Laz run in the room wearing strait jacket and cuffs. “See, I told ya’ll I wasn’t crazy”. Star looks over at Laz……..SECURITY..!!!!!!

          • http://kingmagazine.com President Ward

            @lazarus he cool my n*gga.

            @presto u about too get destroy!

  • lazarus231

    On another note, I think it speaks to Star’s personality to come on here an shoot the ish wit us. That’s cool in my book. Now she need to give us an exclusive ANS shakedown…in a white thong and wifebeater wit the no’rleans bounce in the splits jumping off some aerial trapeze….My fault I am doing way too much. LOL

  • Bmo

    Hmph to busy chasing big booty bitches with hard faces. i aint forget those pics of him looking extra sweet smh if i was on that team i would clown his azz all day

  • Justin Sider

    HOW DO YALL KNOW THAT WAS ACTUALLY LASTARYA CHATTING??…

    • lazarus231

      we don’t, but to come on here under that name, say what you say. It’s neither here nor there. I think she’s been on here before talking wit the Wolfpack.

      • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

        well,it could be her..or it could be some jabroni online..it could even be ray edwards himself lol. but,if it is star then she seems cool. nice to see she take time out to chill with the pack.

        • Mister Mister

          I think Hahz would know if it was her or not & he did address her as if it was really her.

          I was wondering how did this post get so many comments lol

          • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

            well,lastarya just came in and the pack went from there lol. that’s enough simping from me for a while hahah smh.

        • Lastarya

          I’m human, I eat , sleep, shit just like all.. Only thing is I got a very big Smile.. Lol

          • lazarus

            Yes you do have a very BIG “Smile”. Alotta these females wish they had half of that very BIG “Smile” of yours.SMH. That “Smile” light up a room like a Griswold christmas tree. LOL

    • Lastarya

      It’s the real Lastarya homie.. No lie..

      • http://atlnightspots.com Rasheed Lateef

        ok,then cool :) i’ll buy you a chair now. and uh,how’d the gumbo come out gurl?

      • Justin Sider

        when u gonna drop next youtube video?

  • Birdman202

    I cook very well breakfast lunch and dinner and my grill game is mean and while we waiting for the food to get done i will fix some nice drinks so we can kick back and have some good conversation of how we won’t let the ANS wolf pack ever between us. He can’t love you like i do birdman out…..

  • reese215

    Simp’ing at an all time high in hea…

    • presto 2.5

      lmao!…”Maximum”

  • Birdman202

    Never simp’ing a real woman loves a real man. #Thesimplesinlife

  • Red_Corp

    Yoooooo I’m pissed off!…..ya’ll actin a fool in this thread and I missed out smh

    • http://www.atlnightspots.com Hahz

      Ya Red you pulled up in the late bus.

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