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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.

ProFootballTalk.com'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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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:19 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Even healthy, Braylon is the King of the Dropped Pass.  He needed to go.  He'll be next year's Dante Stallsworth.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:12 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

is it just me or does he seem to be on the same path as Roy Williams.  Had one GREAT year and then keeps bouncing from team to team with everyone saying the same thing... "he just doesnt get the offense" to me that means he isnt working hard enough.  also hears looking at you OCHOCINCO



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:02 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Harbaugh is pretty tight lipped about injuries, so this move says a lot about their confidence in the health of Williams and Ginn for the playoffs.



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:58 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

It might be suicide for the ultimate goal but at the same time interesting for the 49ers to sign Moss & T. Owens and open up the offense. You field a R. Moss, T. Owens, Crabtree and V. Davis then not to forget Gore that would be quite a challenge for ANY Defense to cover.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:47 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Chiefs could use him as a second option and possibly firt while Baldwin is learning and or screws up!


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Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:45 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:42 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

If Edwards can get healthy, both mentally and physically, he can be a valuable asset on the field.  He represents a deep threat and could help a team by taking away double team opportunities on the #1 receiver.  He has to heal up right, and get his head straight.  The Raiders love to take on guys like this, fast on the outside with good hands and a lot of question marks.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:40 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

Being a Michigan State fan, I sort of like the irony of Edwards (UM) getting cut for some MSU guys.  Of course this means I have to admit that Burress went to Michigan State.  (Apparently Burress skipped the class where they learned how to operate the safety on handguns.)Wink



Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:37 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

That would require someone to have some 'best yrs.' Braylon's only had one good yr & he was pretty much the only offensive weapon on that Browns team.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:37 pm
 

49ers release WR Braylon Edwards

The Dolphins could use him.........


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