NFL Rumors: Why Braylon Edwards Would Be a Bust for Cincinnati Bengals

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMay 9, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Braylon Edwards #17 of the San Francisco 49ers falls down before he can catch this pass in front of Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter during an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for an experienced No. 2 receiver for quarterback Andy Dalton to throw to this season. On the surface, Braylon Edwards looks like the right choice. However, in this case, things aren't always as they seem.

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that Cincy could be interested in Edwards.

In the beginning of his career, Edwards was a solid wide receiver, but never fully reached the potential of a top-10 pick. He's caught balls for over 1,000 yards once in his career.

After he left the Browns, things didn't get any better. In fact, they got worse. Edwards was traded to the New York Jets early in 2009 and only gained 541 yards in 12 games that season for Gang Green.

In 2010, Edwards gained 908 yards for the Jets but still failed to break the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career.

Now, Edwards is rehabbing a torn meniscus injury that he suffered last season in what was an injury plagued 2011-12 season. But even in the nine games he played, Edwards was barely a factor for the San Francisco 49ers and caught only 15 passes for 181 yards.

While this would look like a good move relative to what they need, the Bengals are now taking a chance on an underachiever with a surgically repaired knee coming off the worst season of his career.

That doesn't sound like No. 2 quality to me, and having had problems in the past on other team's he's been on, Edwards' personality may not be a good thing for such a young up-and-coming team like Cincy.

In an organization notorious for making bad decisions on personnel, the Bengals need to stay away from making this move no matter how much financial sense it makes.