But, after undergoing knee surgery during the lockout, he struggled to regain full mobility. Edwards had just 3½ sacks in what turned out to be his only full season with the Falcons, far below the production (16½ sacks) in his final two years with the Vikings.
Also, he never seemed to be a good fit in Atlanta's tight-knit locker room, his seemingly lackadaisical attitude summed up by the song booming from his locker on his final morning with the team — Lil Wayne's "No Worries."
He should have been worried. Coach Mike Smith has repeatedly said that every player is evaluated on a weekly basis, no matter how well the team is playing.
On Monday, he backed up those words.