ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons released defensive end Ray Edwards on Monday evening.

According to a release from the team, Edwards was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on July 29, 2011 to a 5-year $27.5 million contract.

Edwards, 6-5, 268 pounds, was selected as a fourth round (127th pick overall) draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

He was replaced in the lineup after the Falcons bye week. No word on a replacement.

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