Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards may be signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to sources with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Edwards is no longer being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons and will likely sign with the Eagles. 

Edwards is one of the premier free agents defensive specialist and will be heavily pursued by many teams this week with the NFL lockout being lifted. 

Edwards was drafted in the fourth round by the Vikings in 2006.  He broke out in 2009 with 8.5 sacks and repeated the performance again in 2010 with 8 sacks last season.

The defensive star has had his issues, being suspended for four games in 2007 for violating the league's steroid policy. 

As a player just coming into his prime, Edwards is expected to be asking for a significant contract with whoever he signs with.

The Vikings may try to resign Edwards, but since the team signed his backup Brian Robison to a three year deal, Edwards' career in Minnesota may be over.

Instead, Edwards is eager to see what kind of market there is for a defensive end with his talents. 

"It just comes out to whether a team is interested," Edwards told the Pioneer Press recently. "I feel I'm proven, I've been in the league four years. I played a lot as a rookie. I've been productive; that's what counts."

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