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Edwards wants to stay with Browns

5/22/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

  Edwards
So we spent all that time obsessing about Braylon Edwards playing for the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles -- and we get this? In an offseason full of blockbusters (T.O., Cutler, Plax), the Edwards saga has pretty much fizzled out. It would probably take a major injury in another camp to fire up the trade talks again.

The Eagles and Giants both took wide receivers in the first round, so it's unlikely they'll make a play for Edwards at this point. And now it turns out Edwards never (wink, wink) wanted out of Cleveland in the first place. In theory, we've been trained to distrust anyone who doesn't want out of Cleveland, but perhaps Edwards is the exception.

"I didn't get excited [about the rumors]," Edwards said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "One, they were rumors and there was nothing to hold on to. And two, I felt like if I would have left Cleveland for any reason, I would have left with a bad taste in my mouth."

That last sentence seems redundant, but we get the picture. Edwards apparently realizes the trade is not happening at this point, so he's trying to make things less awkward with his teammates. The lesson in all of this is that it's better to be a disgruntled left tackle (Jason Peters) or quarterback (Jay Cutler) than a wide receiver (Edwards, Chad Ochocinco, Anquan Boldin).

I think Edwards would've been a better fit with the Giants than the Eagles. And I think it's the other way around for Anquan Boldin. In reality, teams were amazed with what Detroit was able to get from the Cowboys in the Roy Williams deal.

And that became the jumping-off point for Edwards' and Boldin's reps. Only one man, though, was willing to pay that price -- and he lives in Dallas.