49ers release WR Edwards

Posted Dec. 27, 2011 @ 10:13 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The 49ers released WR Braylon Edwards on Tuesday, the veteran wideout announced on his Twitter.

"I was released today by the 49ers due to my injury that required more time to rehab and hasn't allowed me to re-sync with the offense," Edwards said in a statement. "I wish the 49ers organization the best of luck during the Playoffs. I will be working hard this offseason to strengthen my knee and prepare for the 2012 season. Thanks for your continued support and for being such loyal fans."

In nine games with the 49ers this season, Edwards had 15 catches for 181 yards and no touchdowns. He started five games. On Saturday, he had one catch for nine yards.

Edwards joined the 49ers this past offseason after going 53-904-7 with the Jets in 2010. He originally suffered the knee injury in Week Two.

The way we see it

Losing Edwards is not a big loss for San Francisco, as he hardly made an impact this season. Kyle Williams emerged as another receiver for Alex Smith to throw to, with Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis remaining Smith's top targets. The Niners likely want to use Edwards' roster spot to fill a position of need.