Edwards Signs with Tampa Bay

Cornerback Mario Edwards signed a 6-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier today. The move now forces the Cowboys to take a closer look at acquiring additional help in the secondary before the start of the 2004 season.

The Cowboys were always somewhat lukewarm on Mario Edwards, and perhaps that was one of the reasons he decided to sign with Tampa Bay.

Edwards, who had started 47 of the last 48 games wearing the silver and blue, signed a 6-year deal Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Edwards recorded 45 tackles, 8 passes broken up, and 1 INT for the Cowboys in 2003. His play in the secondary was always steady, however he had a tendancy to give up the big play.

He also commits too many penalties -- and the Cowboys obviously didn't want to break the bank to keep him in Valley Ranch.

Orginally out of Florida State, Edwards was one of three cornerbacks taken by the Cowboys in the 2000 draft. He established career-highs with 72 tackles and 2 interceptions in 2002.

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