Continuing the trend of following rumors connected to the New England Patriots; we put Donnie Edwards into the Rumor Mill again this season. The early word was that Edwards would be a target of New England in 2007 just as he reportedly was in 2006.
The prospects of adding a 34-year-old, 227-pound middle linebacker to a run defense that had issues at times last season didn't make much sense to us. Yet, teams have courted the playmaker that has averaged nearly 150 tackles in each of the past four seasons. It proves that you can't underestimate Edwards' ability even at 34. If New England could take a flier on then 37-year old Junior Seau, why not Donnie Edwards who is younger and faster?
Sources close to Edwards told PatriotsInsider.com that there was little chance the former San Diego Charger would follow in the footsteps of Rodney Harrison and move on to become a star in New England. The inside word is that Edwards will be a Chief as soon as this weekend.
The Patriots were thought to be in the hunt for Edwards when free agency started, but one source told us it was a two horse race between New Orleans and Kansas City. Reports surfaced this week that the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants were interested. Too late we were told. He's close to signing, and probably only in New Orleans or Kansas City.
Chargers GM A.J. Smith was so determined to get rid of Edwards this year, that a search for Edwards' bio on the official team site turns up nothing. Usually players remain on a team website until they sign with their new team. It appears Smith's desire to take advantage of Edwards' last contract year then dump him prove to be well founded.
Chiefs GM Carl Peterson, on the other hand, likes Edwards and wants him back in Kansas City. Edwards began his career as a Chief originally drafted by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft, 98th overall.
Expect Edwards to be a Chief, as soon as this weekend.
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