2012 NFL Free Agents: 3 Best Landing Spots for Braylon Edwards

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMay 8, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 6: Wide receiver Braylon Edwards #17 of the San Francisco 49ers eludes cornerback DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at FedExField on November 6, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The San Francisco 49ers won, 19-11. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Braylon Edwards had a disastrous 2011 season and the wide receiver is still without a team late in the current offseason.

At 29-years-old, the Michigan product is still young and we all know he has a ton of potential. Thanks to a thin free-agent market at receiver, he could find himself landing with a solid team for 2012.

Edwards played in nine games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, totaling just 15 receptions for 181 yards. Even with those results, teams are starting to show interest in him as the offseason winds down.

Here is a list of the best fits for Edwards as teams ramp up their interest in him.



New York Jets


In what probably came as a surprise to everyone with a memory, the New York Jets have left the door open for Edwards to return to town. That's shocking because Edwards' time with the Jets was viewed as a huge disappointment and he was seen as a guy who just couldn't reach his potential.

Still, Edwards is probably better than any of the other No. 2 receiver options New York currently boasts on its roster. The Jets have raw rookie Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens currently on the depth chart behind Santonio Holmes. Obviously a guy with Edwards' ability would not be unwelcome.

I'm not sure if the old wounds from his time with the Jets have healed yet, but looking at the team's depth chart it's not surprising the Jets are interested in him again.



Cincinnati Bengals


The Cincinnati Bengals are said to be interested in Edwards as well. With A.J. Green headed into his second season, the returning Pro Bowler could use a viable No. 2 option on the other side of the field. It would take a ton of pressure off of him and give quarterback Andy Dalton another pair of hands to throw to.

The Bengals used third and fifth-round picks on receivers by snagging Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu and Cal's Marvin Jones. Both players could develop into legit No. 2 wideouts, but for now, a veteran like Edwards would clearly be a better option. Bringing him in would also take pressure off of both guys and allow them to sit back and learn rather than be forced into action.

Cincinnati would probably make the most sense as a destination for Edwards because he wouldn't have to deal with the kind of questions from the media that he would in New York.



Houston Texans


The Texans cut Jacoby Jones loose and are reportedly looking to add a veteran receiver. Houston is woefully thin behind No. 1 target Andre Johnson and could really use another pair of hands. 

As things stand now, in training camp the Texans will likely have veteran Kevin Walter penciled in at the No. 2 receiver spot, with rookies DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin in the mix. After that, second-year players Lestar Jean and Jeff Maehl—who both went undrafted in 2011—will be fighting for roster spots.

Edwards and Plaxico Burress are the only big names left on the free agent market at receiver. Playing in a clearly-defined No. 2 role across from Johnson would be a great place for Edwards to get his career back on track.