The Seattle Seahawks have embarked on yet another reclamation project. This time it is Braylon Edwards, and he is another talented athlete that was once an impact player. The veteran receiver has bounced around a bit over the last few seasons, but despite his past success he has been unable to secure a long-term deal with anyone. Will Edwards be a key piece of the Seattle offense, or is this just a long tryout?
We have seen this before
It is ironic that he was issued #17, which was worn by Mike Williams during his relatively short stint with the Hawks. Is that the reclamation project jersey number? Some of this has to do with the attitude of Pete Carroll. I have to imagine that most coaches feel like they are good enough at working with people that they can get the most out of an athlete. Maybe that is ego, but perhaps there really is something to the theory that a change of scenery impacts performance.
Attitude and behavior
Braylon Edwards has not necessarily been the best citizen throughout his career. Granted, it isn't like the NFL is free from legal entanglements and attitude issues. The question becomes whether someone like Braylon was just in a bad situation, or whether problems will eventually appear again. Talented players will almost always get jobs, even if they have some behavioral issues. It is just a matter of how much teams are willing to put up with over time.
When you look at the numbers, they are similar to other receivers like Antonio Bryant in that Edwards was very good a couple of years ago. Still, his best year was 2007, and while he was productive in 2010, his numbers in 2011 dropped over severely. I don't necessarily want a guy on the team that is going to catch 15 balls over the course of nine games. Again, Edwards may not even make the team, and the Hawks may find that he and Bryant do not have enough left in the tank.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Seahawks. He has been rooting for the Hawks since the old school days of Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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