Could Ray Edwards Sign with Seattle, Help Seahawks Oust Atlanta from Playoffs?

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterDecember 26, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Ray Edwards #93 of the Atlanta Falcons enters the field during player introductions prior to facing the Minnesota Vikings at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In his 25 career games with the team, defensive end Ray Edwards didn’t do much for the Atlanta Falcons. Now, it may turn out that he will be working against his former team come playoff time.

Matt Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee, reported that Edwards worked out with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. He wasn’t signed at the time of his workout, but there’s still is time this week to get a deal done.

Edwards posted 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his short stint with the Falcons. He was widely regarded as underachieving and as a locker-room chemistry problem. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, he was ultimately released after he refused to join the team to listen to head coach Mike Smith’s postgame speech after their Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. With team owner Arthur Blank and general manager Thomas Dimitroff in the room when this happened, Edwards was quickly released.

Edwards can’t do any more damage to the Falcons with his locker-room shenanigans and poor play on the field. He can, however, spill his guts to the Seahawks about Atlanta’s tendencies, play-calling vernacular, knowledge of the play book and whatever else Edwards knows of the Falcons.

Seattle is in the playoffs, that’s a certainty. But there’s still some jockeying to be done as to whether the Seahawks remain a wild-card team or if they will jump the San Francisco 49ers and win the NFC West.

If San Francisco holds onto the division and Seattle wins its first-round game in the playoffs, it could turn out that the Seahawks travel to Atlanta to play in the Divisional Round.

Seattle’s won four games in a row and has averaged 50 points per game over their last three contests. No one wants to see the Seahawks in the playoffs. It would further exacerbate the situation if someone on the Seattle sideline knew everything about the Falcons.


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Knox Bardeen is the NFC South lead writer for Bleacher Report and the author of “100 Things Falcons Fans Should Know & Do Before they Die.” Be sure to follow Knox on Twitter.