NFL Free Agency: Braylon Edwards to the Minnesota Vikings or the New York Jets?
NFL free agent Braylon Edwards had a very productive season for New York Jets in 2010, tallying 53 receptions, 904 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. With the Jets re-signing Santonio Holmes to a five-year deal yesterday and their rumored pursuit of Nnamdi Asomugha, there seems to be no room left for Edwards in New York.
Edwards himself does not even feel like he is wanted with the Jets organization.
"I would love to be a Jet," tweeted Edwards, "but the feeling doesn't seem to be mutual with the management." He later deleted the tweet, but a number of websites had already caught it.
Adding more fuel to the fire that Edwards will not be back with the Jets is a recent rumor that the organization is interested in bringing in the veteran Randy Moss to play alongside Holmes.
So with the Jets appearing to be out of the picture for Edwards’ services in 2011, look for the Minnesota Vikings to take a look at him. Minnesota just traded for veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb, and with the departure of Sydney Rice to Seattle, there will be a void in the Vikings' offense.
Edwards is a large, athletic receiver who could take the place of Rice fairly easy. For his size, Edwards is a surprisingly great deep threat, having just enough speed and quickness to get past defenders. In 2010, Edwards had 14 receptions of over 20 yards and five receptions of over 40 yards.
There are several rumors that the Vikings are looking into a replacement for Rice. Along with Edwards, the Vikings also appear to be looking into former San Diego Charger Malcom Floyd. It is apparent that the Vikings to not want to enter the season with Percy Harvin as their only reliable receiver.
Honestly, I'm not sure Edwards ends up with the Vikings. Floyd seems like a better fit as he is a bit taller, will probably not cost as much and definitely won’t be a headache for the front office like Edwards.
It seems to me that Edwards would be a good fit for the St. Louis Rams. Edwards would be able to step into the system and automatically be Sam Bradford's go-to guy. There are rumors that the Rams have indeed been considering bringing in some bigger targets, but Edwards' name has not been mentioned yet.
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