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NFL Free Agents 2011: Braylon Edwards Will Be Major Addition for Rams or Vikings

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All Braylon Edwards wanted this offseason was to return to the New York Jets, but even with Nnamdi Asomugha choosing Philadelphia over New York, the Jets still don’t have the necessary finances to bring back their former receiver.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

I’ve been told #Jets aren’t bringing back Braylon Edwards. #NYJ likes him, but they don’t have $$ to re-sign him. Source: “It won’t happen”

This isn’t necessarily surprising if we consider the amount of money Santonio Holmes received, and the Jets still want to address the cornerback position, but Braylon truly wanted to be a Jet.

That said, there are two teams in particular that are in desperate need for a true No. 1 receiver with size.

The Minnesota Vikings lost out in an expensive race for Sidney Rice and now have a gaping hole out wide. The 6’4″ Rice was their top target when healthy and paired up with Percy Harvin – when healthy – made for one of the better wide receiver duos in the league.

As for St. Louis, they desperately wanted to land a top-flight receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft, but the opportunity never presented itself after Atlanta traded up from the late-20′s into the the top six to select Julio Jones.

The Rams found a few a legitimate No. 2′s and 3′s, but they still lack a true No. 1.

The signing of Mike Sims-Walker shouldn’t dissuade the team from talking to Edwards either. A one-year deal for Sims-Walker shows the Rams aren’t sure what they have in him, but Edwards, although prone to drops at times, can be a legitimate No. 1 for quarterback Sam Bradford.

The receiver is still only 28-years old, has the potential to take over games if he can get his mind right and would thrive as the go-to receiver in either system.

Sam Bradford is the real deal in St. Louis while Donovan McNabb/Christian Ponder can both make good use of a player like Edwards – McNabb more so with this deep ball.

Edwards may have wanted to be a Jet again, but he’ll fit right in with the Rams or Vikings.

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