Braylon Edwards in Philly? Browns and Eagles Could Be in Touch

Cory HolibaughCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Braylon Edwards #17 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a 72-yard touchdown run by teammateJerome Harrison (not shown) against the Buffalo Bills on November 17, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Browns won 29-27 (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles are currently contenders in the NFL, and only a few key pieces are missing. Donovan McNabb is missing a star receiver, and they have a big need at left tackle. They have two first round draft picks, but they are later in the draft.

The Cleveland Browns are rebuilding and want to do so in the draft. They have a potential star receiver in Braylon Edwards and the fifth draft pick overall. I see a trade both teams would like.

The Cleveland Browns trade:

  • WR Braylon Edwards
  • First Round Pick (fifth overall)

The Philadelphia Eagles trade:

  • First Round Draft Pick (21st overall)
  • First Round Draft Pick (28th overall)
  • 2010 Conditional Draft Pick (Based on Edwards' 2009 Performance)

This trade would make sense for both teams. The Eagles get a big receiver with the potential to be a star and the fifth overall pick. They could draft an OT to replace Tra Thomas (signed with Jacksonville Jaguars) and Jon Runyan (retired).

Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, and Andre Smith are all projected to be top 10 draft picks, and with the fifth overall, Philly can take their pick of whoever is there.

The Eagles' next draft pick would be at 52 overall. Brian Westbrook is old and often listed as a game time decision. A running back like LeSean McCoy or Shonn Greene would make a nice backup considering Correll Buckhalter left the team.

Many mocks have the Eagles taking Chris Wells or Knowshon Moreno with one of their first round picks. It would be better to take a lower round back and breed him into a starter by the time Westbrook is ready to leave.

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The Browns have numerous needs, and the more draft picks, the better. With two picks in the first round (21st and 28th overall), they could have numerous possibilities. OLB Larry English and Clay Mathews should be around by the 21st pick overall, both of which would be great pickups for Cleveland.

The Browns also need a receiver. With Edwards gone, it would a pressing need. Donte' Stallworth could be facing a lot of jail time, and Joe Jurevicius is gone, so now it's a huge need. Hakeem Nicks would be a good pickup at 28th overall. His hands, aggressiveness, and size would make him an impact player.

With the outside linebacker and the receiver position addressed, the Browns would have a better idea of what they will draft in the second round. With the 36th overall pick, the Browns could take defensive end Michael Johnson. Shaun Smith is old, and Johnson is an athletic beast that would fit in nicely next to Shaun Rogers.

With the 50th overall pick, Cleveland could go offensive. Running back LeSean McCoy or Shonn Greene would complement (meaning start over) Jamal Lewis, and either could really help benefit whoever the Browns choose to start at quarterback. The Eagles would be looking at these players too, but since Cleveland is two spots ahead of them, they have the upper hand.

The 2010 conventional pick should range from a second round pick to a fifth round pick. If Edwards makes the Pro Bowl, it should be a second rounder. If he has a good year, make it a third round pick. If he has a decent, make it a fourth round, and if he has a horrible season, make it a fifth round. The trade would have all the details on what a good, decent, or horrible year would be.

This trade would benefit both teams and help them reach their goals—the Eagles' goal being winning the Super Bowl, and the Browns' goal being rebuilding their team.

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