NFL Free Agency: Why Braylon Edwards to the San Francisco 49ers Is a Bad Idea

Matthew WolfeCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets in action against the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Braylon Edwards met with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday night and left with no agreement in place.

While many 49er fans may be upset about their team not inking a big-name receiver, they should consider re-thinking the situation.

The 49ers have been relatively quiet in free agency this offseason, and while many fans are waiting for them to pull off a big move, this just isn't the one.

Sure, Edwards has been a productive receiver throughout his career, and it does make sense in a lot of ways, but the cons outweigh the pros.

Like many NFL wide receivers, Braylon is a bit of a problem, which is not what first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh needs.

It was reported that, earlier this week, Edwards was involved in a bar fight in Birmingham, Michigan.

Edwards, who is already on probation for his drunk driving conviction last September, is just adding to his resumé. 

He is yet to get charged with anything for this fight, but you can bet that, if he does, he will be serving a suspension.

Harbaugh already has one troubled receiver in Michael Crabtree, and adding another could be a recipe for disaster.

The lack of a true starting quarterback in San Francisco is also a potential problem for the 49ers, and pairing Braylon up with a sub-par QB will not end well.

The deal would likely be for one year, so this also seems like a waste of money for a 49er team that doesn't appear to be headed for the playoffs in 2011.

There is no doubt that Edwards is a talented receiver, but it just doesn't seem like a risk that the Niners need to take right now.

There are other teams inquiring about Braylon, and the 49ers should let them take him off their hands.