Guest Fibonacci Posted February 25, 2012 Share Posted February 25, 2012 http://atlanta.sbnation.com/atlanta-falcons/2012/2/25/2823621/ray-edwards-injury-knee-surgeryWhen the Atlanta Falcons signed Ray Edwards away from the Minnesota Vikings for what seemed to be a bargain at the time, you couldn't help but wonder what lowered the cost. We came to find out shortly after that Edwards had had offseason knee surgery. But at least that's all cleared up after a somewhat disappointing 2011 and OH NO: Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider Falcons coach Mike Smith said DE Ray Edwards had a procedure done on his knee recently. 25 Feb 12 ReplyRetweetFavoriteThat's from the NFL Combine on Saturday morning, when Smith hosted a brief presser. The good news, this time around: it was very early in the offseason, instead of in the summer. We also don't know how major it was, and since nobody's heard about it until now, it probably wasn't all that severe. Right? Let's hope it was just a followup procedure of sorts and not a sign of long-term problems.Edwards picked up only 3.5 sacks in his first year in Atlanta, and the pressure on him will only increase as John Abraham (likely) departs.This is not good at all. Is it just me or does the falcons seem to have injury issues? Someone please tell me other teams come down with just the same or more issues?Anyhow if he is still having issues I am not going to keep saying, "Well maybe he will get better and we got him for cheap". It also seems like we need two De's. 2012 NFL Free Agent Defensive LinemenBy: Roshan Bhagat Mario Williams (HOU) - DE - Mario Williams just suffered any players' nightmareÑa season ending injury in a contract year. Fortunately for Williams, he has a proven track record and had the production prior to the injury with 4 sacks through 4.5 games. For a Texans defense that survived without him and a franchise tag that would cost them $23 million, there seems to be reason to believe the former #1 overall pick may end up elsewhere next season. Imagine that, a former number one overall with 2 All-Pros that isn't re-signed after his rookie contract. It's not a sure bet, but very possible.Robert Mathis (IND) - DE - In a big offseason for the Colts, another quiet superstar is set to become a free agent. With the Colts probably slowly transitioning to a 34 defense, Robert Mathis's future in Indy is in jeopardy. Coupled with the $14 million salary of Dwight Freeney, in unrealistic to think the Colts could tie that much money to quarterback and defensive end, if Manning returns and the Colts draft Luck-even if a discount is factored in somewhere along the lines.Calais Campbell (ARZ) - DE - Campbell is an important part of the defensive front for the Cardinals. He's a terrific athlete at 6'8, 300 pounds and a football player that seems to improve every season. His productivity can't easily be replaced, which is why the Cardinals won't let him test the market. At the very least, they'll use the franchise tag on Campbell who has said he won't fight it if it comes down to it.Jason Jones (TEN) - DT - When healthy, Jason Jones is one of the league's better interior pass rushers. He has an explosive first step in getting upfield and disrupting a quarterback's ability to step up into a clean pocket. However, last year the Titans moved him out to defensive end, where he struggled to match his productivity from years past. If that's where they expect to play Jones, his value will certainly be greater outside of Tennessee.Cliff Avril (DET) - DE - Avril has been a member of the Detroit D-Line revolution under Jim Schwartz and Ndamukong Suh. He's an explosive pass rusher off the perimeter on a team that seems to get to the quarterback at will, at times. For a defense predicated on the pass rush, Avril figures to be an important part of the long-term solution. Avril has expressed displeasure at the thought of the franchise tag.Antonio Garay (SD) - NT - Just as quickly as they lost Jamal Williams, the Chargers thought they had replaced him at nose tackle with another Pro Bowl caliber player. However, after a stellar 2010 season, Garay took a slight step backward in 2011. If the Chargers need to enter a bidding war for his services, it's reported they'll bow out rather quickly.John Abraham (ATL) - DE - The Falcons went out this past offseason to acquire Ray Edwards to improve the pass rush. Though Abraham is aging, he's still easily the Falcons top pass rusher. His production, even on a snap count, can't be easily replaced, but the team still won't pay him the $8 million a year they did in 2011.Sione Pouha (NYJ) - NT - The Jets aren't in a position with great depth in their front 7 where they can afford to allow productive starters to leave. Securing Pouha should be one of the organization's first objectives before they decide how to improve their roster through external acquisitions.The Rest:Vonnie Holliday (ARZ) - DEKroy Biermann (ATL) - DECory Redding (BAL) - DEIsrael Idonije (CHI) - DEVictor Adeyanju (CIN) - DEFrostee Rucker (CIN) - DEDerrick Harvey (DEN) - DEJason Hunter (DEN) - DETim Bulman (HOU) - DEJamaal Anderson (IND) - DETyler Brayton (IND) - DEJeremy Mincey (JAC) - DEMatt Roth (JAC) - DEWallace Gilberry (KC) - DEKendall Langford (MIA) - DEPhillip Merling (MIA) - DEIgor Olshansky (MIA) - DEMark Anderson (NE) - DEAndre Carter (NE) - DEShaun Ellis (NE) - DEEric Moore (NE) - DEJeff Charleston (NO) - DETurk McBride (NO) - DEDave Tollefson (NYG) - DEJarvis Moss (OAK) - DETrevor Scott (OAK) - DEVictor Abiamiri (PHI) - DEJuqua Parker (PHI) - DEAaron Smith (PIT) - DERaheem Brock (SEA) - DEAnthony Hargrove (SEA) - DEJovan Haye (TB) - DEDave Ball (TEN) - DEWilliam Hayes (TEN) - DEAdam Carriker (WAS) - DEKedric Golston (WAS) - DESo if we need two, then I do not think we will be going after a top tier DE. to me; I think, we would need two mid-range DE players.But what do you all think of Sidbury? I think he did good last year for the little time he got. He also replaced Abraham so no one can say that Abraham took some of the heat to make it easier on Sidbury. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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