Braylon Edwards is one of several big name wide receivers still without a job, as well as Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress. However, while both of those players are known for causing headaches like Edwards does, Edwards is different in one significant area: his age. Edwards, a former 1st round pick, is still only heading into his age 29 season, yet he is still unwanted in mid June. Even Chad Ochocinco got signed this week, signing with the Miami Dolphins. It’s a bit perplexing that Edwards can’t find a home.
You can cross one more team off the list of teams not interested in him: the New York Jets. The Jets, for whom Edwards caught 88 passes for 1445 yards and 11 touchdowns in 30 games in 2009 and 2010, have said they are not interested in bringing back Edwards, according to a report from the Newark Star-Ledger. The Jets appear thin on paper at wide receiver, but they like 2nd round rookie Stephen Hill, 2011 5th round pick Jeremy Kerley, and free agent acquisition Chaz Schilens, behind Santonio Holmes.
The Bengals and Cowboys are two other teams who have showed interested in Edwards this offseason, but neither has offered him a contract and recent reports say the Edwards are no longer interested thanks to the play of their young receivers in OTAs and minicamp. As I said, Edwards is still young, but he’s also still rehabbing an injury that held him to just 15 catches for 181 yards last season for the San Francisco 49ers and he’s been known for being a headache in the past. Still, at his 29 years of age, less than 2 years removed from being a productive starter, I can’t imagine Edwards not finding a team at some point this offseason. Edwards had 80 catches for 1289 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007 with the Cleveland Browns.