Braylon Edwards is now a Seahawk
He was the third overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Browns for four-plus seasons and was a Pro Bowler in 2007, but is now on his third team in as many years.
Edwards became disgruntled in Cleveland and its lack of winning. The two parted ways when the Browns traded him to the New York Jets four games into the 2009 season. His 28 games with the Jets were underwhelming, but he did get his first taste of the playoffs.
When he left New York, he signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. He was a colossal disappointment in San Francisco, catching just 15 passes for 181 yards in five games.
When he was traded to the Jets, Edwards said he needed a fresh start. It would seem he’s in the same boat again on the opposite coast.
The Seahawks are clearly gambling on an aging veteran who’s had just one 1000-yard season in his seven-year career. What Edwards’ signing will do, though, is amplify the level of competition among the now 13 receivers in camp.
Maybe only Doug Baldwin, the rookie sensation from a year ago, and Sidney Rice are the only two locks from that group to make the team. Edwards will clearly push Ricardo Lockette, Deon Butler, Kris Durham, Ben Obomanu and Golden Tate for a roster spot.
Coach Pete Carroll essentially made room for Edwards when he cut ties with his previous reclamation project, Mike Williams, last week. Carroll isn't one to back down from a challenge, and this is just the latest example.
Edwards admitted on Twitter that it’s been tough trying to land a gig.
Happy to announce that I've been signed to the Seattle Seahawks. It's been a challenging yr but He doesn't give me more than I can handle...
Now he’s got to make the most of it.