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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Trade talks 'dead' with Edwards?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

  Edwards

A trade that was expected to be a done deal and just a matter of time has apparently reached a stalemate. According to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants are at an impasse over Browns receiver Braylon Edwards.

Both sides want to make the move, but the asking price has created a significant gap between the two teams. The Giants now feel the deal is "dead," Paolantonio reports.

The Browns are reportedly asking for defensive end/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka and a first-round pick for Edwards. New York was willing to give up a second- and fifth-round pick instead.

Although I wouldn't completely rule out this trade yet, it's evident that both sides are playing hardball.

Cleveland's desire to land a quality defender and a first-round pick for a receiver who struggled in 2008 and is in the final year of his contract seems too high. At the same time, No. 1 receivers usually hold the asking price of a first- and third-round pick, not a second- and fifth-round pick.

Someone has to bend soon if a deal will be reached. Either way, it should be an interesting weekend in Cleveland.