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49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: December 27, 2011 12:04 pm
Edwards appeared in just eight games this season. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Braylon Edwards, signed by the 49ers to a one-year deal before the season, has been released. He made the announcement on his website.

"I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn’t allowed me to re-sync with the offense. I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this off season to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans."

Edwards was originally the Browns' 2005 first-round draft pick before he was traded to the Jets during the 2009 season, where he became one of Mark Sanchez's favorite targets. Despite his willingness to take less money to stay in New York, the Jets instead signed Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, and Edwards inked a one-year, $3.5 million contract with San Francisco in early August.

He appeared in nine games this year (five starts), and had 15 receptions for 181 yards and no touchdowns. His best season came in 2007 with the Browns, when he hauled in 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.'s Michael David Smith points out that if any team wants Edwards for Week 17 or the playoffs, all it requires is a waiver claim. But based on the statement published on his website, Edwards sounds like he's shutting it down until the 2012 season.

For now, the 49ers are comfortable moving forward with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn and as their primary pass-catchers (which is what they were before Edwards was let go.)

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Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:01 am

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

If healthy, I wouldnt mind the Jets taking a look at Edwards (again) next year.  He provided a good deep ball threat and underrated blocking.  At times he had some bad drops, but seemed to fix it last season before he was let go for Plax.  Overall (again, if healthy) I think he's a better WR than Plax at this point in his career.  For the right price, maybe a 1yr contract, he may be a steal for someone next year.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:30 am

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards is at a point now that his career in the NFL might be over. He is not getting any younger and I don't see teams wanting to give him a shot based on his off the field issues, drops a lot of passes and now is coming off an injury. He needs to take this offseason and ask himself if he is going to do what it takes both mentally and physically to get back to the level he played at with the Browns back in 2007.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:22 am

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Being a native of the Cleveland area and a graduate of Ohio State, I thought Edwards' blaming the fans for not embracing him -- as a Michigan grad -- were silly.  Not only did we embrace him eagerly, but we would embrace any ex-Wolverine.  The rivalry is real and is fun, but it has its limits.  Look at the way OSU has embraced Urban Meyer.  Next to Michigan, probably no team has been more hated in recent years by the Buckeye Nation than Florida (and Meyer) after the national championship beating we took.  Who likes being called Gator Bait?  But business is business.  We have quickly and eagerly embraced Meyer as ours now.  So, I think Braylon missed the boat on this one.  When Cleveland first got him, I was excited.  Yes, we "hated" him in college, but we knew he was GOOD.  I remember thinking at the time, wow, are we glad we got him!  He let us down, not we him.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:07 am

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Wow what are you 11 now??? A key stroke error and thats what you do??? Im glad you know how to copy and paste LMAO!!
Tomorrow its fractions!!!! LOL!!!!! Hit the books kid

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:44 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Madman34, I'm not sure if you're referring to my immature post, but if so, I think it's important to give a complete accounting of Mr. Edwards, AKA Ball Dropper, Hands of Mortar, etc.  In addition to the philanthropy you mention, which is commendable, we should also remember that Ball Dropper likes to punch people out at nightclubs and get behind the wheel while twice the legal limit, both a matter or record.

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:00 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

KARMA ..I Wonder what the ball dropping divas excuse is this time ?

my beloved Browns are much better off without the no class cant catch POS . No matter how bad our current wideout situation is

maybe Edward Scissorhands can play in the USFL .

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:43 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

He was supposed to be Cleveland's version of Calvin Johnson. Instead, he underachieved and left town blaming the fans for driving him out because he played for Michigan. Truth is he acted like an arrogant prima donna and dropped a lot of balls. Accept responsibility for how you play and no one cares where you played your college ball.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:31 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

How quickly you forget the wonderful charity work he has contributed to Cleveland High School kids.  He held his word and stuck to his promise.  You could at least mention that in your immature post.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:15 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

I sure hope this doesn't signal the end for one of the most prolific ball droppers in NFL history.

Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:57 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Tough when you have to make up for the soft Ted Ginn.

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