Braylon Edwards Philadelphia Eagles Rumors: Why He Doesn't Fit in Philadelphia

WesAnalyst IAugust 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Braylon Edwards is a deep threat receiver beginning to lose some leverage as free agency drags into August.

The Philadelphia Eagles have some room to work under the $120 million salary cap and they could use the money to land an offensive player who can stretch the field if DeSean Jackson doesn't return to the team.

Does that make this a match made in heaven?

Not really.

With teams no longer in need for Edwards, he may have to drop his asking price and seek a one-year contract. If the Eagles are willing to sign Edwards to a one-year deal, they might as well cough up the extra dough and sign Jackson to a long-term deal. Not only does it give the Eagles added stability for the future, but Jackson is clearly a better player.

Edwards would give the Eagles a better target in the red zone and that's about it.

His career high in receptions for a game is eight and he's only scored more than two touchdowns once during his seven-year career.

Edwards has averaged 46.5 receptions per season and 5.5 touchdowns per season. Jackson, who doesn't have great numbers either, has averaged 57.3 catches and 6.6 touchdowns per season and can brings the added dimension of returning punts to the table.

Maybe Edwards could fit in as a possession receiver, and provide the Eagles an upgrade over guys like Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Chad Hall. But right now the offense is not something the Eagles need to address even if Jackson continues to hold out.

The Eagles still have concerns defensively despite adding defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, defensive end Jason Babin, and cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Eagles have some major questions marks at linebacker. There may not be a solution in free agency adding some depth by adding someone like Rocky McIntosh.

Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo currently has rookie Casey Matthews starting in the middle, Jamar Chaney, and his two career starts leading the way at strong-side linebacker and either Akeem Jordan, who has 20 career starts, or Keenan Clayton and his one career start getting the nod at weakside linebacker.

Does it still seem like a good idea to spend the money on Edwards?

At free safety the Eagles are looking for Nate Allen to start after recovering from patellar tendon surgery with Marlin Jackson backing him up after he recovers from a torn Achilles.

Strong safety doesn't look much better with Quintin Mikell out of the picture. Either Kurt Coleman, who was a seventh-round draft pick last year and made two starts, or second-round draft pick Jaiquawn Jarrett will get the start.

Safeties like Gerald Sensabaugh, Deon Grant and Jarrad Page would bring depth and experience at a position where the Eagles appear thin.

I've talked about how Edwards is only an upgrade as a possession receiver and his value to the team pales in comparison to the needs on defense without mentioning his potential legal troubles.

Edwards faces a possible probation from a DUI filed last season. Without knowing how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will handle these types of issues it makes Edwards even less-desirable.

Edwards' style of play and the way the Eagles run their offense will cause people to think adding the former Jets receiver is a good idea.

Those people should think again.