Just about every top NFL talent that was a free agent has been signed since the beginning of the what felt like months in the one-week free agency run this offseason. It has been a battle to keep track of who signed where, for how much and who else is left in the market.
This year's receiver market saw the Seahawks sign Sidney Rice, the Patriots trade for Chad Ochocinco and the Jets re-sign Santonio Holmes. And while to many fans he's a fringe No. 1 receiver with outstanding talent, one free agent at receiver that still remains is Braylon Edwards.
The former No. 3 overall pick in the draft was traded from Cleveland to New York and has enjoyed success there as the feature receiver along with Santonio Holmes. But when it came down to who to resign this offseason first, Santonio Holmes was secured a five-year extension with the team. And Braylon Edwards? He's still left without a team to work with.
The Minnesota Vikings seemed to make a lot of sense early in free agency. When they were outbid by the Seahawks for Sidney Rice, that left a major void at receiver. Percy Harvin is still there, but Bernard Berrian and Greg Camerillo aren't great second options in the offense.
The Vikings have showed some interest in Edwards, but since they signed Michael Jenkins, head coach Leslie Frazier has since said that he's "all set" at receiver, even though I bet Donovan McNabb and Christian Ponder both would like a big bodied target on the offense.
There still is a chance that Braylon re-signs with the New York Jets. Head coach Rex Ryan has said, "If Braylon wants to come back for what we want to pay, come on back, Braylon." However, there a few problems with Braylon trying to just "come back."
For one, Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Jets didn't plan on making a strong push for Bralyon Edwards because he's been a 'diva' on the team. Two, the Jets don't have a ton of money to spend on another receiver. And three, the team recently signed Plaxico Burress.
Also, Braylon has had some off-field issues in the past few weeks. According to ProFootballTalk.com, he recently plead guilty to a DUI, had his probation in Cleveland for an assault charge extended and was arrested after allegedly assaulting employees at a bar in Birmingham.
Despite those character concerns, one team still has continually shown interest and makes a lot of sense when it comes to adding Edwards into the fold: the Arizona Cardinals. After trading for former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, who is now the team's franchise quarterback, the Cardinals are still looking to boost their offense.
With running back Ryan Williams added in the draft, Larry Fitzgerald already on the team and one of the top receivers in the NFL, adding another physical receiver to replace Steve Breaston would go a long way in giving Kevin Kolb every chance to succeed.
In a radio interview, Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feeley said, “We’re trying to convince him that he should come here, but it’s a matter of whether the finances work and what money someone else is going to offer him." He also said that safety Kerry Rhodes and receiver Larry Fitzgerald echoed his opinion.
As of now, it looks as though Braylon's off the field issues, "diva" concerns on the field, and his desire for big money seems to be holding back his chance of signing. He may end up just getting a one-year "prove it" deal with a team like Arizona or New York, with an extension down the road. Either way, he's too talented to be on the market much longer, and he'd be a great asset to the Vikings, Jets, and Cardinals for the 2011-2012 season.