In five seasons with the Vikings, defensive end Ray Edwards recorded 29.5 sacks, including 16.5 in his last two seasons with the club. Following the 2010 season, the Vikings opted to use their franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway and let Ray Edwards walk in free agency.
The Falcons gave Edwards a five year deal worth up to $27.5 million with an $11 million guarantee, and a number of Vikings fans balked at the idea of turning over the reins to Brian Robison on a full time basis when Edwards ended up getting such a reasonable contract.
As it turns out, however, the Vikings knew what they were doing and Edwards’ contract no longer looks reasonable.
Over the last two seasons Edwards has played in 25 games and only netted 3.5 sacks for the Falcons with 42 tackles and three defended passes. Conversely, Robison has 13 sacks and eight batted passes with 71 tackles over the course of 26 games.
Robison’s current contract is a three year deal worth $14.1 million and included a $6.5 million signing bonus.
If the numbers and salaries aren’t enough evidence that the Vikings front office deserves credit for choosing Robison over Edwards, then the breaking news from Monday night will seal the deal.
The 8-1 Atlanta Falcons have waived the 27 year old Edwards.
Edwards, who has been hampered by knee problems of late, may get claimed via the waivers process and will certainly get a shot somewhere else even if he isn’t claimed. It will be interesting to see where he ends up and how successful he ends up being.