A year ago, almost to the day, I wrote an article about Braylon Edwards signing a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. On July 31, Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that Edwards is signing a one-year deal with my favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks.
Despite being an enormous fan of both the Seahawks and of Michigan Wolverines football, I'm hard-pressed to get excited about this signing.
A year ago, I was hoping Edwards could get a fresh start on the left coast under the guidance of fellow Michigan alum Jim Harbaugh after a mostly dismal professional career with the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets.
A year ago, I was excited that he was getting a second (or third) chance. This year, however, I'm not overly thrilled about him heading to the Pacific Northwest.
While Edwards stayed out of off-field trouble in San Francisco, his on-field production was limited to just 15 receptions for 181 yards and no touchdowns in just 9 games, thanks to constant injuries. He found himself released by the 49ers in December.
As a point of reference, Mike Williams, who was recently shown the door by the Seahawks, caught 18 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown last season. Unless it's a financial thing, I'm not seeing where Edwards works out as a better commodity than Williams.
I keep reading that the Seahawks are desperate to find a veteran receiver to complement Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, and the slew of other young wideouts who are currently on the roster. I suppose I can understand that desire, but I'm really not optimistic that Edwards and Antonio Bryant are the answers.
Bryant hasn't played football in two years. Edwards hasn't played much of it over the past year and was cut mid-season by the 49ers--owners of the third-worst passing offense in the NFL. This duo might have been somewhat exciting about six or seven years ago, but for now, neither one provides much interest.
Both of the signings smack of Pete Carroll reclamation projects, and after two consecutive 7-9 seasons under his regime, I'm getting a little tired of the reclamation projects. I want to win.
The Seahawks need a potent passing game to go along with their stout running attack. If they want veteran leadership for the young wide receivers, hire a coach.
Save the roster space for receivers who can help Seattle win games.
What a difference a year makes in my outlook.
The author grew up in Washington State and is a lifelong fan of the Seahawks. He's also a Featured Contributor in Sports with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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