After being one of final big name free agents and veteran wide receivers on the market, Braylon Edwards has now signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. Concerns over the health of Edwards’ knee, which limited him to just nine games and 15 catches last season with the San Francisco 49ers, certainly led to a lack of interest in him early in free agency but that would not seem to be an issue now.
Fantasy football owners certainly regard Edwards as a perpetual underachiever during his career, but those that remember his breakout 2007 campaign with the Cleveland Browns when he set career-highs across the board with 80 receptions for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns may be optimistic about his ability to produce at a high level. The fact he is still just 29 years old will create some hope that being completely healthy can at least make him roster-worthy.
In Seattle Edwards will definitely have to show he is healthy to earn a roster spot, let alone a significant role in the team’s offense. The Seahawks have a bunch of questions marks in their receiving corp, including the health of No. 1 receiver Sidney Rice, who is recovering from surgery on both shoulders this offseason, and a group of largely unproven young guys (Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler). Edwards’ signing further clogs the depth chart and creates some questions as to who will be around at the start of the season, but Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll is open to creating competition at multiple spots on the team and whoever stands out during the preseason will certainly make the final 53-man roster.
Edwards will not be worthy of a draft pick, barring something totally unforeseen, outside of the very deepest of fantasy leagues. Even then, those that draft him will have to cross their fingers he stays healthy and becomes a prominent part of the Seahawks’ passing game. Baldwin and Rice seem to be the receivers most immune to Edwards’ presence in terms of playing time and targets, as both will have significant roles regardless of his status. But Seattle’s younger receivers, particularly Tate and Obomanu, now become fairly risky draft day options for anyone that may have considered drafting them in the first place.