The Miami Dolphins are interested in free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards, leading to one of the more intriguing NFL rumors as training camps have begun across the NFL. The Dolphins, extremely thin at receiver after trading Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears, brought Edwards in for a workout and there is a serious chance they could sign him on a kind of “make good” contract for one-year to see what he has left.
Edwards was allowed to become a free agent prior to last season after the New York Jets decided to go with Plaxico Burress opposite of Santonio Holmes. Edwards signed with the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year, $1 million deal. However, Edwards had trouble staying healthy and when he did make it onto the field he was ineffective and was released just days after Christmas after having compiled only 15 catches for 181 yards in 9 games, 5 starts.
So far this offseason Edwards has not had much interest despite having 904 yards receiving on 53 catches and 7 TD’s for the Jets in 2010. If his right knee, which he had surgery on last year in September, is healthy, he could be a decent addition to a thin Miami receiving corps.
The Dolphins signed Chad Johnson after the New England Patriots released him hoping that he wasn’t done and could do the same with Edwards. The Dolphins are also monitoring the situation between Mike Wallace and the Pittsburgh Steelers to see if the Steelers might put him on the trading block. If that happens, I expect the Dolphins to be major players as head coach Joe Philbin is not happy with his depth at receiver and needs to add a dynamic receiving threat.
Right now, the Miami Dolphins feature Johnson, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess as their top three. Edwards could be a nice addition but bringing Wallace in would make that group a pretty deep corps and possibly turn a weakness into a strength. Now, if the Dolphins just knew who was going to be throwing them the football.