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.

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Discussion70 Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. lazarus231 says:

    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

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

      • lazarus231 says:

        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.

        • 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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • LaStarya says:

            lmfao….. in tears..lol

          • presto 2.5 says:

            “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”

  4. lazarus231 says:

    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

    • 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 says:

        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.

        • 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 says:

            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

        • 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!

  5. Birdman202 says:

    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

  6. lazarus231 says:

    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.

  7. lazarus231 says:

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

  8. @LaStarya hey hi you doin?

    • presto 2.5 says:

      LMFAO!!!!!!!!!

      • lazarus231 says:

        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

        • 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 says:

            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..!!!!!!

          • @lazarus he cool my n*gga.

            @presto u about too get destroy!

  9. lazarus231 says:

    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

  10. Bmo says:

    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

  11. Justin Sider says:

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

  12. Birdman202 says:

    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…..

  13. reese215 says:

    Simp’ing at an all time high in hea…

  14. Birdman202 says:

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

  15. Red_Corp says:

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

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