Braylon Edwards to Vikings Rumors: Minnesota Close to Upgrading from Sidney Rice

C. CuseOCorrespondent IIJuly 28, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets celebrates on his way to defeating the Patriots 28 to 21 in their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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Rumors are swirling around the NFL right now in tornado-like fashion, and with each passing hour more and more free agents are coming off the market.

The hottest rumor of today's free-agent frenzy is that the Minnesota Vikings are interested in wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

Edwards is the most touted free-agent receiver left on the market after former Vikings receiver Sidney Rice signed with the Seattle Seahawks yesterday evening.

Why does Edwards make sense?

Edwards would be the big and explosive threat that the Vikings are seeking after Rice took his talents to the Emerald City.

The guy is talented too. In 2010, as the New York Jets No. 2 receiver, Edwards reeled in 53 catches for 904 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

At 6'3" and 200 lbs, Edwards is the big physical presence that will compliment marvelously with the Vikings speed threat, Percy Harvin. He will also be the No. 1 guy on an offensive dynamo. He hasn't been the guy since his time in Cleveland, where he once put up 1289 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007. 

Edwards loves New York, but luckily for Vikings fans, the Jets seem to be over their former receiver and have moved on to Santonio Holmes. The break-up may hurt but Edwards can find greener pastures and some Pro-Bowl success in Minnesota.

The deal works out for both parties. If Minnesota is willing to pay the hefty contract that Edwards will command and Edwards can focus his talents on football and not racking up $250,000 bar tabs, it's a match made in heaven.

We'll see how this relationship plays out but look for Braylon Edwards' No. 17 jersey to be in purple and gold any minute now.

They'll make such a beautiful couple.