ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the signing via Twitter:
Braylon Edwards is going to sign a. 1 year deal with Seattle.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2012
Edwards was once considered a premier receiver in the NFL after recording 80 catches, 1,289 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in the 2007 season. But he followed that performance with a lackluster year and was subsequently traded to the New York Jets.
He had a rough start to his career in New York during the 2009 season but turned in solid statistics in 2010, hauling in 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Seahawks are in need of a wide receiver, and the 29-year-old Edwards certainly has talent. At 6’3” and 214 pounds, he is the prototypical size for a big-play receiver.
Seattle has one of the more intriguing quarterback competitions in the league with veteran Tarvaris Jackson, newcomer Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson all holding a shot at the starting role.
Doug Baldwin was the team’s leading receiver last year, catching 51 passes for 788 yards and four touchdowns. Nevertheless, the team needs a downfield threat, and Sidney Rice has failed to impress, while Mike Williams has been released.
If he plays up to his potential, Edwards would be an ideal target for whomever is throwing the ball when the season starts.
Seattle has made moves this offseason to build a passing game to complement running back Marshawn Lynch. Edwards fits that plan and is a low-risk option with plenty of upside.