Coming out of the NFL lockout, the Atlanta Falcons signed Ray Edwards to a big contract with plans for him to beef up their pass rush.

Monday night, the Falcons abandoned Edwards, informing the veteran he will be placed on waivers today after less than two seasons with the club. The Falcons guaranteed Edwards $11 million in a five-year contract and he had 3 ½ sacks in 25 games.

Edwards’ playing time had been diminishing this season and the Falcons pulled the plug a day after their first loss of the season. Whether it was designed to shake up the locker room a little bit or Edwards simply ran his course remains to be seen.

Some believed Edwards piled up impressive statistics with the Minnesota Vikings before free agency because he benefitted from playing opposite Jared Allen. With Edwards signed for $5.5 million next season and $3 million (pro-rated) for this season, it would be mildly surprising if any club placed a claim for him.

Kroy Biermann should get more playing time in the absence of Edwards.

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