Buffalo Bills: Braylon Edwards Can Be the Difference

Greg Maiola@Gom1094Senior Analyst IIMarch 30, 2017

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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Believe it or not, the Buffalo Bills can really benefit from Braylon Edwards' talents. The receiver is out to prove he can still make plays in the NFL and the Bills are out to prove they are a legitimate playoff contender.

Seems like a perfect fit.

Edwards' presence on the field would automatically improve the Buffalo offense. He is a proven Pro Bowl player who would attract coverage away from Stevie Johnson. Ryan Fitzpatrick's life would be a lot easier with less coverage on his number one target in Johnson.

But Edwards has a lot to offer other than coverage.

He is a fairly decent target at 6'3''. His last full season came in 2010 when he finished with over 900 yards and seven touchdowns. Though it has been five seasons since his 16 touchdown year in Cleveland, Edwards can still make big plays.

With the Jets, Edwards was involved in a run first offense. But when Mark Sanchez did air it out, Edwards was able to make several big plays. The Bills figure to pass the ball more than the Jets did in 2010 and he should be  given more opportunities to make plays.

Forget about his nine-game stint in San Francisco last year. He was ineffective but there were many variables that led to his sub-par season.

Buffalo needs another quality target for Fitzpatrick and Edwards is their man.

Other than Johnson and perhaps David Nelson, the Bills are loaded with mediocre at best receivers. Undrafted receiver Donald Jones has over-performed but isn't ready to start on the outside. Nelson is better in the slot and the rest of the receivers are unproven, rookies or players fighting for a roster spot.

Edwards has played seven NFL seasons and is proven. For a team that desperately wants to make the playoffs in 2012, the Bills have to add the proven veteran.

Forget about his somewhat troubled past. He is only 29 and wants to find a home. At the very least, he will play with a chip on his shoulder and push the Bills receiving corps to increase their level of play. Competition makes everyone better and the entire squad would benefit from his presence.

If the Bills are really serious about a postseason run they need to provide their team with the best talent possible. Edwards would be a cheap addition who can be very valuable. He would help develop Fitzpatrick's passing game and benefit the Bills altogether.