Just 48 hours before the 2009 draft will be underway, various sources around the league have claimed the Giants' plans to acquire Braylon Edwards are all but dead. Seemingly unreachable demands from the Browns have allegedly coaxed the Giants to look in other directions, such as potentially trading up to acquire their new wide receiver.
The Giants are just as close as they were on April 19th or April 6th or any day in April to acquiring Braylon Edwards.
It was said on 2004's draft day that a deal including the Chargers and Giants flip—flopping their first and fourth picks, was dead. Then both sides abruptly swung a deal.
The same thing could easily happen on Saturday. It’s blatantly clear that the Giants like Braylon’s ability to draw coverage and/or convert a big play that could lead to points or a more effective running game.
He would give the Giants an immediate impact that no rookie wide receiver could.
The Giants' brass knows they are built for now. They are aware that if it weren’t for an idiot receiver, their odds of hoisting the Lombardi for the second straight year were very strong.
They also understand their window remains wide open to attain more championships, and the possibility of that objective being met is contingent upon the wide receiver they may bring in.
Right now, it’s a cat and mouse game. Jerry Reese wants to keep his first round pick while George Kokinis wants to salvage as many resources as he can to trade a second playmaker from their offense (the first being Kellen Winslow Jr.).
Both are holding out that they can get what they want.
However, if these two continue to handle the process shrewdly and do not concede to the other's whims, then a middle ground may have to be reached. Reese may have to relinquish their first round pick, but Kokinis may be more apt to be content with that and a fifth round selection.
It is very tenuous to speculate on merely rumors and hearsay from those that are simply deemed “unnamed” or “anonymous.” However, the Giants interest in Edwards is undeniable.
If they and the Browns are willing to reach a middle ground of sorts, Edwards will be a Giant by the end of Saturday.
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