NFL Free Agent Signings 2011: Braylon Edwards Must Find a Winning Home

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The likelihood of Braylond Edwards returning to the New York Jets is very slim. The Jets signed Santonio Holmes to a five year deal worth $50 million, with $24 million guaranteed. 

New York is barely under the salary cap, and with the money they have remaining they’re going to use it all towards bringing in Nnamdi Asomugha. 

That means Edwards needs to find a new home. The only question is where will he land? 

Edwards has to sign with a winning team, or else it’s going to be a rough year for the wide out. 

The 28-year-old is no stranger to off the field problems, and if he isn’t on a successful team who knows what will happen.

Things are good when you’re winning. Nobody wants to lose, but when you’re on a losing team it creates a negative atmosphere. That is not something Edwards needs to be around.

Edwards began his career with a losing franchise, and he had only one good year. Granted, his quarterbacks were never all that great, but for a guy who was drafted No. 3 overall it’s not very good.

The Minnesota Vikings are the leading candidates to land Edwards, and it would be a great situation for the veteran wide receiver. They weren’t able to re-sign Sidney Rice, and they need to fill that void, which Edwards can do. 

Donovan McNabb will be his quarterback this year, and Edwards will easily be his go to guy. At 6’3″, Edwards will be a great target for the veteran quarterback. Not to mention the fact that the Vikings already have several key offensive weapons, which Edwards will enjoy playing with. 

If the Vikings choose not to sign Edwards, then whatever he and his agent work out, it has to be with a winning team, or else it will be a bad year for Edwards

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Asomugha makes Eagles instant title favorites

Sure, New England made interesting moves Thursday to get Albert Haynesworth(notes) and Chad Ochocinco(notes). But in both those cases, the Patriots gambled on rehabbing damaged goods. The Eagles have sure things on their hands.

The move to snag Asomugha from underneath the likes of the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys was cold-blooded. Eagles team president Joe Banner might intimidate Suge Knight right now (and anybody who has ever seen Banner knows what a long shot that is). The Eagles didn’t just send a shot across the bow at the rest of the NFL, they sent 31 blasts at each opponent.

Some people may gripe about the lack of pass rushing in Philadelphia. It’s a hollow claim since Philly’s trio of corners could make anyone on the defensive front look great.

The Eagles got the best player in free agency (Asomugha) and got the cornerback with the best footwork in the game (Rodgers-Cromartie). At a time when the NFL is increasingly a glorified version of a 7-on-7 drill, the Eagles can now match up with an advantage on every receiver, even when opponents go to four- and five-receiver sets.

The Eagles will suffocate people, taking away the bread and butter from Green Bay, Dallas, New England and Indianapolis. Sure, some of you Xs and Os experts will say, “Just run on them.” With the high-octane offense led by Michael Vick(notes) and DeSean Jackson(notes) (once his contract gets settled) on the other side, good luck with that strategy. Furthermore, the Eagles have a stout front, so just trying to grind them isn’t easy.

Only great quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers(notes), Tom Brady(notes), Drew Brees(notes) and Peyton Manning(notes) will have a chance against the Eagles and each of those quarterbacks will have to have killer performances at that. Last season in the playoffs, Rodgers had a great day against the Eagles (18-of-27, 180 yards, three TD passes and zero interceptions), but only seven of his completions (for 73 yards) went to wide receivers.

Philly still almost pulled it out in the end before Vick threw an interception.

Which brings us back to Reid, whose career has seemingly been nothing but a bunch of near-misses. There was the run of four consecutive NFC championship games, including one run to the Super Bowl. There was the 2008 run to NFC title game, which ended with a loss to Arizona in a contest most thought was Philly’s for the taking.

Now, Reid has perhaps the greatest secondary in the history of the league to go with the electrifying Vick. In the 12 games that Vick started and finished last season (playoff game included), the Eagles were held under 26 points only twice.

This year, Vick and the Eagles figure to be better, even without a full offseason. As long as Jackson’s holdout doesn’t become a lingering issue, the offense should be just as good. The addition of Vince Young(notes) as Vick’s backup gives the Eagles another dangerous weapon off the bench.

That’s not to say the Eagles aren’t without flaws. Their running game is still questionable. But it’s better overall than it ever has been in terms of having a power element. Combine that with the blanket coverage of Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie and Samuel and you have the makings of something special.

Now, Reid has to come up with some special results.

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NFL Free Agency Rumor: Jets Linked To Randy Moss

The New York Jets may consider signing free-agent wide receiver Randy Moss, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. The 34-year-old Moss is the NFL’s active leader in career touchdown receptions (153), but struggled through a 2010 campaign split between the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans, catching just 28 passes in 16 games.

However, Moss could prove useful for New York, which needs another receiver to complement the re-signed Santonio Holmes now that Braylon Edwards is likely out of its price range. And before dismissing the idea of Moss suiting up for the Jets, consider that team owner Woody Johnson told in May that Moss “has the God-given talent to be a superstar [….] I admire his skill and what he’s accomplished during those years.”

In two seasons under coach Rex Ryan, the Jets have struggled with their passing offense, instead using a power running game and strong defense to accumulate a 20-12 record over that span. The Jets ranked 23rd in passing touchdowns and 22nd in passing yards in 2010.

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After sharing a meal at Mel’s Diner on May 20, McKnight, 23, lovingly rubbed the actress’ shoulders; the new couple also spent Memorial Day together in Laguna Hills, Calif. with mutual pal Mark Sanchez.

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“I’m a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with Mark and his buddies,” Panettiere told Us Weekly in NYC June 2. “I’ve always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends. I’m into sports so we have a lot in common.”