NFL Free Agency: Why Teams Are Avoiding The Curious Case of Braylon Edwards

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIAugust 2, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets looks on during warmups prior to the game against the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As the post-lockout NFL free agency period of 2011 continues to steam forward, there seems to be one thing that is sticking out to me like a sore thumb, and I don’t think many people are catching onto it.

I think that teams are avoiding Braylon Edwards...

This is a guy that is supposed to be one of the better receivers in the league. I mean in his six NFL seasons he has racked up an impressive 39 touchdowns.

Yet, the Jets made it a priority to re-sign Santonio Holmes, and then when faced with a choice they gave a contract to a guy that just spent two years in jail over a guy they knew in Edwards.

Sure, he has had some problems holding onto the ball, but there has to be more to the story here.

Here is a list of wide receivers that have been signed before Edwards this offseason:

Sidney Rice, Michael Jenkins, Steve Breaston and James Jones.

Are you trying to tell me that Braylon Edwards is a worse player than all of these guys?

Honestly, looking at his skill-set and talent level I hardly think that is the case.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Al Bello/Getty Images

There has got to be more to this story.

I think in order to find the answer here we have to take to the hard-news circuit.

Robin Murdoch of reports on an incident that Edwards was apparently involved in last Sunday night:

Edwards was arrested last September for driving drunk in New York City. This past June, the Jets receiver was involved in a minor accident on Belle Isle.

Sunday, Edwards was allegedly at the South Bar in Birmingham. Reportedly two people in his entourage were arrested after roughing up some employees around two o'clock in the morning.

Around that same time, Edwards tweeted, "Damn. Get ya knuckles ready" and "Don't fight if. You don't know how."

We're told the group of friends Edwards was with got into an argument with an employee at the nighttime hot spot that eventually spilled into the kitchen. There one worker was sliced with a knife requiring 14 stitches. Another was attacked with a fork.

Braylon Edwards is attracting trouble, and it seems to be hurting his status as a free agent.


A drunk driving incident, getting pulled over on Belle Isle, an all but desolate island in Detroit mind you, in the late hours of the morning, and now this?

From the accounts it seems like Edwards and his pals took it upon themselves to play gladiator in the kitchen of a bar.

Talk about your red flags…

In the past Edwards has had problems with his head coaches, coordinators and even public in-game spats with his teammates.

He’s been accused of falling asleep in team meetings, and has had run-ins with the law more than once.

He was also out partying with Donte Stallworth the night Stallworth killed a man in an apparent drunk driving case.

To be frank, from all accounts Edwards is cocky, immature and thinks that he is above the rest of us.

He’s running with the wrong crowd, finding himself in the wrong place at the right times, and I don’t think it’s coincidental anymore.

So, why are teams avoiding Braylon Edwards?

It appears to be the smart thing to do.

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