PICTURED: Ray Edwards unsuccessfully tackling one of his opponents. A common theme in Atlanta last year.
Remember last offseason when we were debating on whether or not to re-sign Ray Edwards? He was coming off a very promising 2010 season, his second straight with 8 or more sacks. But he was also asking for a hefty new contract and seemed to have little interest in remaining a member of the Minnesota Vikings. (If you recall, he seemed to be much more invested in his offseason boxing career.) So he left, signing a 5 year, $30 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Most Vikings fans (including myself) were a little disappointed when Edwards left, but also understood that the price tag was probably too steep.
And then the news came out that Edwards had "minor" knee surgery, causing him to miss his first preseason game as a Falcon.
And then Edwards struggled through the majority of his 2011 season, accumulating only 3.5 sacks and making much less of an impact than the Falcons had hoped for.
And now, Atlanta head coach Mike Smith has disclosed that Edwards has had another knee surgery.
This isn't meant to celebrate the guy's misfortune by any means, but I think we can all appreciate the fact that the Vikings seemed to have dodged a bullet in this case. Brian Robison had a much more productive 2011 season than Edwards at a much more affordable price. Best of luck to Edwards in his recovery from another knee surgery; I'm just glad his rehab will be on another team's dime. The Vikings have enough to worry about as it is.