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NFL Free Agency: 5 Possible Landing Spots for Braylon Edwards

Patrick StollContributor IIAugust 3, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 5 Possible Landing Spots for Braylon Edwards

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    Here we are, one week into what is sure to be regarded as one of the most hectic free-agency periods in the history of the NFL, and Braylon Edwards has still not found a team to sign with.

    This is surely surprising, as he is the best wide receiver in the free-agent market right now. The New York Jets, who were one of the favorites to re-sign Edwards, gave him a slap in the face by signing a freshly-released Plaxico Burress who has not played in the NFL in two years. Edwards surely has many suitors, but the buzz about him has been relatively quiet.

    Here are five teams I think have the best chances to land Edwards on their team this season. Enjoy!

Arizona Cardinals

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    The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly been talking to Edwards to get him to the desert, as Jay Feely confirmed earlier this week.

    This would make a lot of sense for them, as Steve Breaston recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving a hole in the slot receiver position. The only issue is whether or not they are willing to give Edwards big money, which I am sure he will ask for. If Arizona can grab him, they would be a force to be reckoned with, having both Larry Fitzgerald and Edwards, as well as newly-acquired Todd Heap.

    Current receivers on the roster: Larry Fitzgerald, Early Doucet, Isaiah Williams, Chansi Stuckey, Max Komar, DeMarco Sampson, Andre Roberts, Stephen Williams, Daiveun Curry-Chapman, Sean Jeffcoat and Aaron Nichols

San Francisco 49ers

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    Edwards met with the 49ers Wednesday, reports ESPN. I can see where Edwards would help this offense, and pairing him with Michael Crabtree is another great set of wideouts.

    I can also see that if Edwards were brought in, he would be the No. 1 receiver, and he may clash with Crabtree. Again, it comes down to how much the team is willing to pay.

    Current receivers on the roster: Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn, Josh Morgan, Lance Long, Delanie Walker, Kyle Williams, Dominique Zeigler, Kevin Jurovich, Ronald Johnson, Tyler Beiler, Dontavia Bogan, Chris Hogan and Joe Hastings

Baltimore Ravens

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    I have to say that the Ravens may not be front-runners in the race for Edwards, but they should take a look at him while they can.

    Having recently released Derrick Mason, and without T.J. Houshmandzadeh nor Donte' Stallworth returning, it may be worthwhile to sign Edwards. Baltimore also wants to run the ball more, as they just added Pro Bowl FB Vonta Leach to block for Ray Rice. If Baltimore thinks Torrey Smith may be the answer, then they should be set, but I think Ozzie Newsome should strongly consider putting Edwards and Anquan Boldin on the same team doing wonders for Joe Flaaco.

    Current receivers on the roster: Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Justin Harper, Marcus Smith, James Hardy, Tandon Doss, Brandon Jones, David Reed, Rodney Bradley, Laquan Williams, Hakeem Moore and Terrell Zachery

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    This may come as a surprise, but I think Jacksonville should take a look at Edwards considering they just lost David Garrard's No. 1 target, Mike Sims-Walker, to the Rams. Mike Thomas and Edwards would be a great combination for Garrard to throw to, and the Jaguars should be able to sign Edwards to a good deal.

    Current receivers on the roster: Mike Thomas, Jason Hill, John Matthews, Kassim Osgood, Armon Binns, Jamar Newsome, Jarett Dillard, Tiquan Underwood, Cecil Shorts, Greg Ellington and Dontrelle Inman

Oakland Raiders

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    The Oakland Raiders have lost Zach Miller, the favorite receiving target on the team, and Nnamdi Asomugha, the best and most expensive player on the team.

    The cap room and the need can be filled by Edwards, who would provide a good target for Jason Campbell. While the Raiders did sweep the division in 2010, they will need more help than their current roster if they want to even accomplish eight wins again.

    Current receivers on the roster: Chaz Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy, Nick Miller, Damola Adeniji, Shaun Bodiford, Denarius Moore, Steve Goulet, Derrick Jones, Eddie McGee and David Ausberry

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