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On Ray Edwards, Falcons simply decided to go with other players

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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 16: Ray Edwards #93 of the Atlanta Falcons enters the field during player introductions prior to facing the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The abrupt decision of the Atlanta Falcons to release defensive end Ray Edwards has sparked speculation that something happened to prompt the decision.

Per a league source, it was simply a numbers game.

Edwards no longer was a starter. The source says that the Falcons opted to go with other players -- especially since younger players are more suited to playing special teams.

The Falcons will be on the hook for Edwards’ remaining base salary of $1.23 million if no one claims his contract on waivers. Given the importance of rushing the passer, it wouldn’t be a complete shock if someone does.