Carl Edwards, NASCAR's most sought-after free agent this season has decided to resign with Roush-Fenway Racing rather sign on with Joe Gibbs Racing as has been heavily rumored. The multi-year deal with RFR was announced early Thursday. 

“I sincerely appreciate the amazing opportunity that Jack Roush has given me in this sport and am honored to race for him,” Edwards said in a statement.

Edwards, the current Sprint Cup Series points leader went on to say, "as an organization, Roush Fenway provides the resources I need to win, and as a driver, that’s the most important thing. We’re having a fun season on the race track as we’re leading the points and in great position for the Chase.”

Other drivers felt that constantly being asked about Edwards' contract negotiations every week would be a major distraction as he continues to seek his first Sprint Cup Series championship. Jeff Gordon said last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that basically there was no way the constant talk about the contract negotiations were not a major distraction to Edwards. 

After signing the new deal, Edwards will no longer have to discuss any negotiations. He can solely focus on the championship points where he holds an 11-point lead over five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. 

“Carl Edwards has achieved a level of success on and off track that would put him at the top of the list for any race team,” said co-owner Jack Roush. “Carl and the No. 99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we’re thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more.”

Edwards has been in the Cup series since 2004 with Roush when he replaced Jeff Burton. However, he has been with Roush since 2002 in the Truck Series.