49ers sign Braylon Edwards

Posted Aug. 04, 2011 @ 7:13 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

In an attempt to bolster their passing game with another downfield threat, the 49ers have signed free agent WR Braylon Edwards. The deal is for one year and worth $3.5 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Edwards himself confirmed the news via Twitter, writing "We have moved to the bay. I'm a proud member of the San Francisco 49ers"

The former Browns and Jets wideout is a big target (6-foot-3) who should aid the Niners' passing game and quarterback tremendously. However, consistency has been an issue for Edwards, as have off the field issues. He recently plead guilty to a DWI charge and was involved in a fight outside a bar in Michigan.

The Cardinals also had shown interest in signing Edwards.

The way we see it

With Michael Crabtree already injured in camp, there was a great need for the 49ers to bring in a big-play wide receiver, and that's exactly what Edwards is. His one-year deal indicates the team was not interested in committing too much to him, as his history of legal trouble and potential suspension are a cause for concern.