NFL Rumors: Bengals Need to Avoid Troublesome Receiver Braylon Edwards

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 20:  Braylon Edwards #81 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park on August 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live that the Cincinnati Bengals have an interest in obtaining free-agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

This is a move that the Bengals need to avoid. The Bengals led the entire NFL in arrests this past decade, with 31 total. They have recently moved away from that and have a young team with less troublesome players.

On offense they are led by sophomore quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green. They made the playoffs last season as a wild card, and are an up-and-coming team in the NFL. They have an intimidating defense that is typical for a Marvin Lewis-led defense, and they will be a threat for the AFC North next season.

Also, the Bengals traded up in the draft this year to obtain Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in the third round. This solidifies their receiving corps, which makes a possible Edwards signing insignificant. If he did sign with Cincinnati, he would be the fourth receiver at best. He would not even be needed for red-zone situations since they now have Green to handle those plays.

Edwards has had many run-ins with the law and has shown no signs of changing his ways. In 2009 he punched a local party promoter in the face for telling Edwards that he was jealous of his friend LeBron James' success.

Edwards followed that up by getting a DWI in 2010, while still on probation for the altercation, and blew a 0.16 which is twice the legal limit. He was also pulled over seven times in a span of eight years for speeding violations.

If that wasn't enough to stop the Bengals from making this awful decision, then maybe they should also consider that he is still rehabbing from knee and shoulder injuries—two problems that are not good for any athlete, let alone a wide receiver.

The Bengals can't fall in the same pattern of taking chances on players who cause trouble for potential on-the-field gains. It is not worth the risk, and the Bengals front office should know this by now. A young team like the Bengals doesn't need any distractions, and they are better off without the former Jets receiver.

If the report is true and they are thinking about signing Edwards, then I think the first question that should be asked to the Bengals front office is: What makes you think he is a different person now? That is something I would like to hear answered.