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Edwards Nets Less Money Than Expected

All offseason long (and last offseason) speculation centered around defensive end Ray Edwards ending up in a Falcons uniform.

As it turns out, after Atlanta played dead for a few days, that is exactly how things happened.

I am a little surprised at the contract he was willing to accept, however.

Edwards got the long term commitment he desired with this five year contract.  The worth is reported to be $30 million with $11 million in guaranteed.

Sure, Edwards isn’t the most proven guy in the world and seems to have an attitude that rubs people the wrong way, but Charles Johnson of the Panthers is essentially a one year wonder and he got a gigantic contract comparatively.

Johnson landed a six year deal worth $72 million, with $32 million in guarantees.

Edwards (age 26) has 58 career starts with 29.5 career sacks and will average $6 million per year under his new deal.  Johnson (age 25) has 20 career starts with 21.5 career sacks and will average $12 million per year under his new deal.

I know teams are getting used to the new rules, and each values certain players at different levels, but those numbers seem awfully skewed.

Meanwhile, the Vikings extended a three year deal to Brian Robison worth $14.1 million with $6.5 in guarantees.  Robison (Age 28) has five career starts with 13.5 sacks and will be averaging $4.7 million per year.

Time will tell who got the best value here, but if I would have known Edwards was destined to sign such a reasonable contract (he never acted like he was) instead of breaking the bank, I may have been more in favor of the Vikings trying harder to retain him.

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2 Responses to “Edwards Nets Less Money Than Expected”

  1. hookem says:

    I hope him well but I doubt he produces. He didn’t produce when he was basically unguarded with teams worrying about allen and williams wall. And this year he will be double teamed all year.

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    I think Ray Rays big mouth cost him millions of dollars.

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