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Braylon Edwards

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by Fishing-Miller23, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. Fishing-Miller23

    Fishing-Miller23 It's Miller Time!

    I just saw on ESPN that Braylon Edwards and the Browns agreed to a 5 year deal. It is about time he signed and hopefully he can help the Browns offense.
  2. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    I hope he can help, he is way behind right now.

  3. I am a bengal fan and they still havent signed there #1 pick David Pollak.His agent and the team need to hurry and make a deal.
  4. Fishing-Miller23

    Fishing-Miller23 It's Miller Time!

    I read in the paper that Charlie Frye has been keeping Edwards up to date on the practices.

    Edwards leaves Browns camp without contract

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    <!-- begin text11 div --><!-- begin leftcol --> <!-- template inline --> BEREA, Ohio -- Braylon Edwards came and went.

    Less than three hours after arriving at Cleveland's headquarters Wednesday to apparently finalize his contract, the rookie wide receiver and his agent bolted after negotiations with the Browns broke down.

    Edwards' camp disagreed with the Browns' desire to add a personal services clause to the contract,'s John Clayton reported.

    Edwards and agent Lamont Smith drove away in a three-car caravan without finishing a deal that looked all but done.

    "You don't have a deal until you have a deal," said Smith, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Edwards' father, Stan. "We're leaving Cleveland."

    It all looked so positive when Edwards, the No. 3 overall draft pick from Michigan, walked into the players' entrance, escorted into the building by his mother, Malesa Plater.

    At the time, the Browns were working out in the club's indoor facility, pushed inside by an afternoon thunderstorm.

    About 30 minutes before Edwards' arrival, Smith showed up to presumably work through some final details of a contract he had been optimistic about completing 10 days ago.

    But whatever Smith and Edwards learned during their short stay, they must not have liked.

    Edwards was not available for comment. He stayed inside his vehicle, which was at the front of the entourage. Smith only stopped when reporters surrounded his car in front of the driveway leading into the team's complex.

    "We were close," Smith said when asked what had gone wrong. "We just don't have an agreement on all terms."

    Smith said he wasn't departing on bad terms.

    "No, it's business," he said. "It's part of the process."

    Smith wasn't sure when talks with the Browns would resume.

    "I don't know. We'll just have to see when the club is available," he said. "We just don't have anything set yet."

    Stan Edwards said he and his son were returning to Detroit, their hometown.

    "We don't have an agreement," Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said. "We're still talking with them."

    Bonsiewicz said Smith and the club were in contact following Edwards' departure.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
  6. cheezemm2

    cheezemm2 Ohio State Alumni 05'

    Watched him roll block Chris Gamble the whole time every other play...he's from Michigan and even though I'm a Steelers fan, chalk this kid up to being your next Kellen Winslow/gangbanger....I don't wish players like this on anyone...I know some of you are gonna disagree, but I've always thought this kid was a punk....even if he's "that" good, I still think there are better picks....
  7. My take........
    1) Mr. Edwards isn't exactly dealing with Butch "I picked him so he's starting" Davis here. Savage & Romeo aren't gonna babysit this kid when he finally decides to get to camp. I like these guys...1st pick or not, the young man will have to earn his stripes....he won't be handed anything.
    2) Bryant, Davis & Northcutt aren't exactly "chopped liver"!! The kid is NOT a "pencilled in" starter, and with a revamped line & a more solid running game resulting in maybe a little more time to get the ball to a wideout, I think these 3 can give people fits. Braylon may be hurting himself more than people think. Our new management & coaching team stress a "TEAM" atmosphere and, IMHO, this holdout stuff isn't gettin' it. I think the Browns' offer was probably a little over "poverty level".
  8. Fishing-Miller23

    Fishing-Miller23 It's Miller Time!

    ohiotuber, I agree with you 100%. But on ESPN this morning on the bottom of the screen it said that the they agreed on a 5 year deal. This whole thing is confusing, there are rumors that he signed and there are rumors that he didn't sign. All I know is that he should get into camp quick.
  9. Fishing-Miller23

    Fishing-Miller23 It's Miller Time!

    Edwards comes, goes and finally agrees news services

    BEREA, Ohio -- Rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards agreed to terms on a five-year contract late Wednesday night with the Cleveland Browns, ending his holdout and a bizarre day of negotiations. :D

    Edwards, the No. 3 overall pick, is expected to sign his contract on Thursday and practice with the Browns for the first time,'s John Clayton has confirmed.

    With incentives, Edwards could potentially make as much as $40 million under this contract, according to Clayton.

    Edwards' camp originally disagreed with the Browns' because the team wanted him to sign away some of his rights to marketing money, Clayton reported.

    The team wanted Edwards to give the Browns first right of refusal on the marketing of his name and image, according to Clayton. Leigh Steinberg, agent for 2004 Steelers first-round pick Ben Roethlisberger, said Wednesday on ESPN2 that his client earned $4.5 million in sponsorship money during his first year in the league.

    It appeared Edwards would sign his deal hours earlier after arriving at the team's headquarters, but things took a strange turn as he and Smith bolted after negotiations hit a snag.

    The pair, along with Edwards' parents and other family members, drove away in a three-car caravan without finishing the deal.

    "You don't have a deal until you have a deal," Smith, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Edwards' father, Stan, said at about 6:30 p.m. "We're leaving Cleveland."

    They didn't get far as Smith stayed in touch with the club and was able to complete a contract that could pay Edwards nearly $20 million in guaranteed money.

    Smith and the Browns had exchanged as many as seven proposals while struggling to find common ground. The sides have been hung up on, among other things, the contract's length, maximum value and guaranteed money.

    In the past few days, they've been discussing a five-year package -- a concession to a request by Smith.

    Following practice, Browns coach Romeo Crennel was aware that Edwards and his agent were in the building. And like everyone else, Crennel figured a signing was imminent.

    "To my knowledge, no contract has been signed," Crennel said. "Maybe they're still working that out."

    Once he signs, Edwards, who was supposed to report on July 25 with the club's other rookies, will be required to pass a conditioning test of several 300-yard shuttle runs.

    "He should be able to run it right now," Crennel said. "If he can't, he hasn't been working out enough."

    Crennel was asked what his first words for Edwards will be.

    "I'll tell him, 'Go run,"' Crennel said.

    While he's been absent, the Browns have installed a big chunk of the offense they'll use this season. Edwards is even further behind after missing the club's minicamp in June because of a family funeral and injury.

    Crennel is confident Edwards will eventually catch up.

    "He's going to get acclimated," he said. "It's just going to take a little time, but it's going to happen. It could very well take him a full year because he has missed this much camp. He's going to learn. The guy is going to be a good player, but it's going to take time.

    "It's not going to happen tomorrow."

    The Browns open their exhibition season Saturday night at home against the New York Giants, but Crennel said he would wait to see what kind of shape Edwards was in before deciding if he'll play.

    As for Edwards' two-week holdout, Crennel said it wasn't a distraction.

    "If I didn't have any receivers who I thought could play, maybe then it would be a distraction. But I've got some guys who can play," he said. "That's football. This is the NFL. Guys hold out. Guys walk out. And you have to deal with it."

    Edwards, who nearly jumped to the NFL following his junior season, finished with 252 career receptions, 3,542 yards and 39 TDs with the Wolverines. Last season, he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wideout and was the Big Ten's offensive player of the year.

    Information from senior writer John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.

    Sorry for the length guys.
  10. Here we go again....Give a guy that hasn't even caught a pass in the NFL a contract with $20 million +/- guaranteed. Have we seen this before with previous #1 picks? (especially the Browns) If the Brown would have traded down the first four years they were back they could of loaded up on second/third round picks that now would have 3-4 years under their belts in the NFL. (And if a few didn't pan out at least your not out millions of dollars) What did we get? Courtney Brown, Tim Couch, that big lump from Florida State (forgot his name), Winslow, etc....... The notoriously bad teams (Browns/Bengirls) in the NFL get stung every year with these first/second/third picks in the draft. The notoriously good teams find studs in second/third/fourth rounds. (Hate to say it the Stillers and the Patriots) I think Mr. Edwards is going to find out that life in the NFL will be much different than in college. (I hope he's ready for it) When your gulping down that $6.00 beer and $4.00 hot dog at the stadium think about that kid making more money to sign his name on a sheet of paper that most of us will make in three lifetimes!!!! Out!!!!