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Braylon Edwards: 4 Teams That Need the Top Free Agent Target

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJuly 31, 2011

Braylon Edwards: 4 Teams That Need the Top Free Agent Target

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    When the New York Jets signed former blue man wideout Plaxico Burress, they all but sealed Braylon Edwards' fate with the team.

    For all intents and purposes it looks like Edwards is hitting the free agent market and won’t be coming back to the Jets.

    With this new free agency twist, Edwards is now the most valuable player on the market, and any team looking for a wide receiver is going to try to make a strong pitch for him if they are able to.

    Gary Myers of the New York Daily News tweeted that there are four teams interested in Edwards right off the bat: Vikings, Titans, Bears and Redskins.

    These four teams are in need of a receiver, so it makes sense that their interest would have immediately shifted to him.

    Let’s take a look at these teams and break down how Edwards would fit with them.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Losing Sidney Rice was a big loss to a Vikings team that was already having tons of issues in their passing game.

    Former Atlanta wideout Michael Jenkins is going to be a good addition, but they are still going to need a lot more if they don't want to just completely tank their passing game this season.

    Edwards would be a big addition to the Vikings and would work well across from Jenkins.

Tennessee Titans

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    The Titans are in desperate need of a big time receiver, especially with the new and improved direction that they are looking to head into.

    The problem here is that I have a hard time imagining Edwards will want to go to a rebuilding team such as the Titans, and I'm not sure how willing they will be to pay him what he wants.

    The Titans have a need for Edwards. I just don't think he will want to fill that need.

Chicago Bears

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    Of all the teams interested in Edwards, I think the Bears have the best shot at attracting him.

    The Bears went out and grabbed former Lion and Cowboy Roy Williams, who is a decent addition but is far beyond his prime in my opinion.

    Williams will be good for a few touchdowns this year, but is best suited in a complementary role.

    Edwards, on the other hand, could come in and be the star receiver that Jay Cutler and the Bears have been searching for.

Washington Redskins

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    The 'Skins obviously have a need for Edwards. To be honest, though, they have a need for a lot of players.

    I think Washington would love to get their hands on Edwards, but apart from offering him a lot of money, I just can't see what they have that would be attractive.

    He would have the ability to be their No. 1 target, but who is going to be throwing to him?

    I can't see Edwards being too interested in the prospect of Rex Grossman or John Beck as a starting quarterback.

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