Edwards departure felt in B-more

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2010 – 3:42 pm

The Bills signing of DE Dwan Edwards has left a void in Baltimore’s defensive line that they’re genuinely concerned about filling.

Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata told BaltimoreRavens.com he was surprised Edwards wasn’t re-signed and isn’t sure how the team will plug the hole left by the seven-year vet.

“It’s huge,” Ngata said of the loss of Edwards. “We’re definitely going to miss him. Now we’ve got to look for another D-end that could work well with Trevor [Pryce]. It’s going to be kind of weird during this season without him.”

The Ravens also lost Ngata’s backup Justin Bannan, who signed with Denver, but by most accounts the Ravens believe Edwards will be harder to replace.

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DL Edwards speaks with Ralph Wilson

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2010 – 1:47 pm

Newest Bills free agent signee, DE Dwan Edwards had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Wilson in Detroit moments after signing his multi-year contract with the club.

“He was just happy to have me on board and talked about what a great organization it is to play for,” Edwards told Buffalobills.com. “I couldn’t be more excited.”

Mr. Wilson flew Edwards’ family up from Baltimore Wednesday morning as they spent the day scouting out potential places to live for the next few years.

“That’s a huge part for me is making sure my family has as smooth as possible transition coming up here,” said Edwards. “I looked around and saw a lot of great areas and I’m looking forward to it and so is my family.”

Edwards has a wife and three young children.

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Report: DL Edwards agrees to terms

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2010 – 6:21 am

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free agent DL Dwan Edwards has agreed to terms on a contract with the Bills.

Here’s what he wrote on his twitter account…

Adam_Schefter: Big day for Buffalo: After signing LB Andra Davis earlier in day, Bills reached agreement with free-agent DE Dwan Edwards later in day.

Edwards visited the Bills on Tuesday and felt he could be a versatile addition to Buffalo’s defensive line. But Edwards left the facility Tuesday without a deal in place.

More should be known on Wednesday as to whether something is or will be finalized.

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Former Bill tries to sell LB Davis

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 3:19 pm

Not that the Bills need any help in their recruiting efforts with free agents, but players talk to friends in the league that have played in Buffalo and Bills free agent visitor Andra Davis was no different.

Davis admitted that he spoke with his 2009 Denver teammate Mario Haggan, who spent the first five years of his career in Buffalo.

“I talked to Mario maybe about 30 minutes last night and he had nothing but great things to say,” said Davis. “He told me he loved it here and he told me I would enjoy it here and that everything was nice.”

When former players with no current ties to the organization still speak highly of the Bills, it obviously reflects well on the organization. Buffalo’s other free agent visitor Dwan Edwards, also got in touch with a former teammate that had knowledge of Buffalo in Justin Bannan.

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Edwards insists neck is good

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 1:13 pm

Bills free agent visitor Dwan Edwards insists his neck his fine. The defensive lineman spoke during his visit today (Tuesday). Perhaps more convincing is the fact that he played a full season after neck surgery with no problems and Buffalo’s doctors gave him the thumbs up.

That according to Edwards himself.

“I don’t have any issues,” Edwards said. “I’ve been cleared to play by the doctor that did my surgery. I saw the spine guy here today, Dr. Cappuccino and he said everything looked good. Different doctors are going to have different opinions on what they see, but so far so good here.”

Edwards had spinal fusion surgery, which cost him his 2008 season, a year when he thought he was going to have a breakout season.

With the physical out of the way, the Bills can focus on how he would fit and what it would take to get him on the roster.

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DL Edwards a grinder

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2010 – 11:04 am

Seeing Baltimore free agent Dwan Edwards here at One Bills Drive today (Tuesday) is an encouraging sight.

What I like about Dwan Edwards game is he’s a grinder. In a 3-4 system the defensive ends are not going to rack up a lot of big time stats like DEs in a 4-3.

They’ve got to do a lot of the dirty work to allow the linebackers to make plays. They’ve got to hold the point of attack and help to stretch out run plays. Edwards is known as a blue collar player, and a darn good one.

Evidence of that is being ranked among the top 10 unrestricted free agents out there when the signing period began.

Edwards had two free agent visits within the first week of the signing period (Seattle, Denver), but he hasn’t signed yet, likely giving the Bills hope that they can close a deal. Time will tell.

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