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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 12, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:42 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

His career was a shocker. I thought he was a can't miss type. College ball was kind to him and some of his catches were a treat for the eye. To be dropped from a team so late has hurt. His day in New York did not help him.  Still I imagine he will catch on with a team next year.

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:09 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Harbough cut him because he does not like players from Missagain. Browns fans will get it.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:47 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

didn't work out in cleveland but is a very charitable man.has given many scholarships to deserving children who otherwise would not have the of luck to him.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:27 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Wishes do come true!!! We the Cleveland faithful wish nothing but the worst for this over-rated doushe! Glad to see he gets cut by another team. And yes at best he's a number 3 WR. He had amazing physical gifts coming out of Shitchigan and has not worked for anything. What happens when you don't put in the work Braylon? You get cut over and over until no team wants you! Worst of luck to you!!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:19 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

I really do not remember B.E. being in the news as a thug.
You don't remember back in Cleveland, which I believe was 2009, where he punched out a 5'5 130 lb guy for being a friend of Lebron James at some bar? He had to go to court and they let him go with community service. I'm not sure if that was the laptop thing, I hope he helped those kids outside of that.

Then in 2010 he gets caught for DWI and the Jets have to sit him out for a half in a big primetime game. How did you miss that one?

Then later that year, he gets in trouble again for tinted windows or something, and claims he was being racially profiled and picked on. It was something he had to go to court for, so apparently he was less than gracious to the police officer.

Then this year in the offseason, he gets into another accident but the officer lets him leave the accident scene and just lets him go. This is around where teams started to lose interest in him, indicating there was more to the story. Since it's in a string of incidents, it becomes problematic, like with Bengals players in the past it's hard to give them the benefit of the doubt since it's a pattern.

About a month or two later, still in the offseason, the dude gets into a fight at a club late at night. He goes on twitter and brags about it, then erases the tweet and claims his twitter was hacked (haha okay). At this point only the Niners are willing to give him a chance, despite a pretty solid season the year before.

Now these are all thuggish to me. You can google them or look at Edwards' profile page and look back on the headlines and such, they're all there, or should be there.

Yes he does good things, but he does a lot of bad things too. You can't just pretend the guy is some sort of saint man. He is a very trouble man that is in serious need of counseling, ignoring his problems won't erase that. He has a reputation for being a diva and now 3 teams have given up on him despite his immense physical talents. There is definitely a problem when that happens. No doubt something happened on the Niners too, or it seems odd they would just cut him now. I guess they really didn't want him as a distraction for the playoffs.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:09 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Possible reality tv show Braylon & T.O. rehab buddies.  The NFL has moved on from premadonna WR`s who take plays off, drop balls and get in trouble off the field.  2007 sure was a long time ago huh BE? We`ll look for you in the mug shot and criminal activity waiver wire BE.  If the 49ers passing game doesn`t need & has given up on you it`s clearly over.  Enjoy retirement and spending down your NFL earnings at 30. 

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:04 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:02 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Damn, it's too bad that "BE" was cut by the 49ers today,or at all for that matter. It would be wise for him to shut it down for this season,and get ready to ball next season. This move might cause some teams to change their minds about drafting a WR in the upcoming draft. There's only a few receivers that I see that will probably go in the 1st round. As far as the draft goes, I can see either the Rams or Jags going after a receiver in the 1st round,but if they decide to pass on getting a receiver in the draft...."BE" could be a good option for either team.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:58 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

rollnoles10 wrote:
The Jets should have kept Braylon, He and Sanchez were on the same page MOST of the Time LoL!
I would take him back as a Jet, He would have been better then Mason in the Fist place.

Where is "the FIST place"?

That sounds filthy.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:05 pm

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

To sdusky....interesting screen name by the it missing an 'am' in between the s and d? 

Your comment:  Braylon is at best a #3 WR in the NFL. This guy has been dropping balls since his UofM days, not to mention a thug, underachiever and Prima Donna. SF you are way better off with this guy not in your locker room.

Braylon was much better than a #3 WR for a good few years in the league.  Sure he has aged a bit and his stock has dropped.  On a good team it does not matter if you are a 1,2 or 3 as long as you produce.  As for dropping balls...well most WR's do as they are human.  As for the rest of your comment...thug, underachiever and Prima Donna.  I find this interesting.  I really do not remember B.E. being in the news as a thug.  Do not remember him shooting himself in the leg, raping a lady in the bathroom, fighting dogs, shooting at anyone, getting in fights in the street, etc.  Prima think that 90% of all professional athletes are not?  The egos in sports are natural.

Lastly, do you know the guy personally?  My guess is you know of him from reading sports pages from your couch.  Yeah, we all know how reliable the sports reporters and newspapers are, not biased or gossipy at all either.  If you like to scour the internet for news on players so you can form your opinion then search back about a week ago when Braylon donated quite a bit of money to high school kids in Cleveland buying them laptops and giving them all $10k scholarships based on their improved school performance.  This from a guy who made this promise years ago when playing in Cleveland.  He has not been with the Browns for years but stayed in touch with many of these kids, motivated them and kept his word.  Further, that is quite a bit of money from a man who no longer has a job.  I call that ethical, gracious and humble.

My guess if you are a typical Buckeye fan that can never say anything nice about any former Wolverine player.  Typical low class.

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