Revenge is a dish best served from the Pacific-Northwest.
At least, that’s how the saying in the Ray Edwards household will go after the former Falcons and Vikings defense end signs with his new team on Wednesday. Edwards is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks as soon as the middle of this week and could hit the field this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Edwards, who made a name for himself as a part of the tough Shock and AWWE defensive line for the 2009 Minnesota Vikings, was cut by the Falcons earlier this season after they deemed him unfit to play on their defense. Edwards cleared waivers and has yet to find a new home this season. The Seahawks are trying to change that, but are also playing this from an interesting angle.
Seattle has clinched a playoff berth and very well could matchup against Edwards former team in the NFC Divisional Round. Should this happen, the thinking is that Edwards would have an inside track on Mike Smith’s defensive schemes.
Seattle wouldn’t be the first team in the history of professional sports to pull this ploy.
Edwards has struggled recently to get back to the player he was in 2009. Since being let go by the Vikings who didn’t want to pay him, Edwards got his contract but has lost his step. Atlanta had lost so much faith in him that even after throwing a massive post-lockout contract at him, they cut him loose and ate the penalty in doing so.
Not only is this a potentially brilliant move by the Seahawks, but it gives Edwards a small chance to redeem himself on a team that has skyrocketed to the top of the national watch list in terms of teams that could barrel their way to a Super Bowl title.