Friday, August 12, 2011

Rapid react: Yes, Braylon, we heard you, you?re going to San Fran

On Thursday, Braylon Edwards signed a one-year, "prove-it" deal with the 49ers worth $3.5 million.�According to sources, the banana-handed wideout dropped approximately $3.2 million of it.

It's been an interesting week for the once elite fantasy commodity. Last weekend, his warm-welcoming entourage was involved in a physical altercation at a Michigan bar, reportedly assaulting employees with knives and forks. Thought to be an "instigator" in the ordeal, he could face legal action and a possible suspension down the road.

Just another wild ride for a fading star who is a law enforcement magnet.

For the Diana Ross of NFL receivers, his "diva" complex and off-the-field issues once again precede him. A change of scenery far away from his troubles, and silverware-wielding cousins, could help the former Pro Bowler resurrect his slumping career. Four years ago while a member of the Cleveland Browns he was the fourth-best pass catcher in fantasy, outpacing such consistency kings as Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald and Greg Jennings. But since then, he's finished inside the WR top-36 only once, last year with the Jets.

Still just 28, there's plenty of time for a turnaround, though San Francisco isn't exactly the best place to do it.

With No. 1 bust Alex Smith manning the controls, the Niners offense ranked in the bottom six in the league in pass completions and completion percentage last year. A West Coast system installed by Captain Comeback, Jim Harbaugh, will definitely help, but unless Smith suddenly morphs into Tim Rattay '04 ? I'm bedding Olivia Wilde if he comes close to matching Joe Montana or Steve Young's worst seasons ? Edwards' ceiling is likely 65-950-6, a fair WR3 output, but a far cry of what he used to be. Keep in mind Smith, who completed just 59.6 percent of his attempts last year, may struggle immensely in a scheme predicated on timing routes.

It's understandable why the move was made. Harbaugh and company had to bring in a big play receiver, no matter how inconsistent and head-cased, to help take pressure off Smith, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis and help fill the void left by injured teammate, and fellow "diva" extraordinaire, Michael Crabtree.

Now out of the Jets' conservative offense, there's hope for Edwards. With an ADP of 117.1 (WR49), you could do much worse in the later rounds. However, given the variables involved, he will likely only be occasionally useful. Draft him for depth, not as a starter.

Opine time. What's your take on Edwards as a Gold Panner? Can he regain at least a WR2 billing in 12-team leagues? At what price would you be willing to take a flier on him? Discuss.

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