Lions Re-Sign DE Kalimba Edwards

DenisePopiolek

Allen Park, Mich.- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed DE Kalimba Edwards to a five-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

Edwards enters his fifth NFL season with momentum from a strong performance in 2005. He led Detroit in sacks (7.0) while finishing with 31 tackles (21 solo), two forced fumbles and a team-leading three fumble recoveries. Edwards has 111 career tackles (72 solo), 19 sacks (111.5 yards), seven pass defenses, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries after four seasons with the Lions, who drafted him in the second round (35th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

As a rookie in 2002, Edwards played in all 16 games and led Detroit with 6.5 sacks and was the first Lions rookie since Tracy Scroggins (7.5, 1992) to lead the team in sacks. He also had a career-best 39 tackles (23 solo) as well as a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Prior to the 2003 season, Edwards was diagnosed with a sports hernia injury. He chose to play through the season and registered 19 tackles (13 solo) and two sacks (18 yards) while playing in 15 games before being placed on the reserve/injured list due to a torn groin muscle.

In 2004, Edwards worked to regain his form while playing in 16 games and registering 22 tackles (15 solo) and 4.5 sacks (23.5 yards). His perseverance showed dividends when he opened the 2005 season with 4.0 sacks (17 yards) through the first four games, including his third-career multi-sack game at Tampa Bay (10/2).

Edwards had a standout collegiate career at South Carolina. He played both linebacker and defensive end for the Gamecocks and was a semifinalist for both the Lombardi Trophy (top lineman) and Butkus Award (top linebacker) after finishing with 79 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 sacks (10 yards) and six tackles for loss (17 yards) as a senior. Edwards was an All-SEC first-team selection as a senior and a junior.

EDWARDS' CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year Team G/S TT ST AT Sk/Y Int/Y PD FR/FF
2002 Det 16/4 39 23 16 6.5/35 0/0 3 1/2
2003 Det 15/0 19 13 6 2/18 0/0 2 0/0
2004 Det 16/0 22 15 7 4.5/23.5 0/0 2 1/1
2005 Det 16/2 31 21 10 7/35 0/0 0 2/2
Totals 63/6 111 72 39 19/111.5 0/0 7 4/5

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