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When the Falcons released defensive end Ray Edwards
, they made it clear that it was a decision made because Edwards’ diminished play no longer warranted
a spot on the team’s roster.
They didn’t say anything about also wanting to send a message to the rest of the team that neither your name nor your salary guarantee you anything in Atlanta, but it doesn’t seem like they needed to be explicit on that front. The Associated Press
spoke to several Falcons players who said Edwards’ departure was a reminder
that they were constantly being judged by the coaching staff and front office.
“It’s a wakeup call,” safety Thomas DeCoud
said. “The message has been received.”
“It’s scary,” guard Peter Konz
said. “It makes you think. But if you do the right things, get the job done on the field, you don’t have to be too worried about it.”
“That’s the way this game goes. You can be replaced,” cornerback Dunta Robinson
said. ”Ray was a great friend of mine. I hate to see him go. But it’s a business. Things like this are going to happen when it’s a business.”