A lot of you will likely see Braylon Edwards’ mug on the front page of Yahoo! Sports today, claiming that “sources” are pointing to him being traded to the New York Giants. If you dig a bit within the story, Jason Cole discusses the Giants’ desire to replace the recently-released Plaxico Burress with someone of Edwards’ skill set. Couple this with Edwards possibly not wanting to play for Eric Mangini – especially beyond next season – and we may have a story. May.
Cole then goes on to site a Plain Dealer article that was published on March 23rd, approximately one day after the story was made free over at The Orange and Brown Report. So, essentially what Yahoo! is deciding to make “news” today is actually a regurgitation of month-old rumors that have been shot down.
Is this to say that Edwards will not be traded? Not at all. If the likelihood of the wide receiver not signing an extension increases, as will the trade talks. You can bet that George Kokinis is exploring all options that are available as he looks to acquire more draft picks for this year and possibly next.
From what we know, the asking price for Edwards continues to be a first- and third- round draft selection, based off of what the Dallas Cowboys paid to acquire Roy Williams from Detroit late last season. The acquiring team must a) need a wide receiver, and b) be willing to extend Edwards, similar to what happend with Williams. As we’ve mentioned previously, there are plenty of teams with multiple first-round draft picks that may want to acquire someone of Edwards’ skill set. It’s just a matter of coming up with the right price.
Other news and notes regarding the draft:
– PFT reports that Jacksonville would like to also move out of the top ten in the upcoming draft. Many were hoping that they would want to move up to the fifth slot to nab Mark Sanchez. Odds are that if they too want to move down, that their asking price would be a little less than ours – especially if you factor in guaranteed money. Not great news for Browns fans hoping to trade down.
– The Shutdown Corner takes a look at the Brady Quinn trade possibilities. Like Tony Grossi not long ago, MJD thinks the Browns need to jump all over any first-round offer. I would tend to agree, though I would prefer something in the ‘teens over something in the late 20’s.
– Chris Chase wonders why some teams still have Andre Smith in the top half of their draft board. Why do I fear that Cleveland is one of those teams? We’re talking about a kid who just decided to fire his agent with the draft two weeks away…