Braylon Edwards
New York JetsNo. 17
Wide receiver
Date of Birth: February 21 1983 (1983-02-21) (age 35)
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
National Football League debut
2005 for the Cleveland Browns
Career Highlights and Awards
  • No notable achievements
Career History
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career stats to date

Braylon Jamel Edwards (born February 21, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan) is a wide receiver for the New York Jets in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns third overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Early yearsEdit

During his three active high school years Edwards played a variety of positions and made 63 receptions for 740 yards and eight touchdowns.[1] Edwards followed in his father Stan Edwards's footsteps to Michigan where he played 2001–2004. During his senior year Edwards set Michigan season records for receptions (97) and yards (1,330) and career records for 252 receptions, 3,541 yards, and 39 touchdowns,[2] a Big Ten record.[3]

Professional careerEdit

2005 NFL DraftEdit

Edwards was selected in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m) * 210 pounds (95 kg) * 4.38** X X 4.02 ** 6.83 ** 38 in. ** X 22 * X
(* represents NFL Combine, ** represents Michigan Pro Day)[6]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Edwards in Browns 2008 training camp.==== 2005==== Edwards began his rookie season as Cleveland's third wide receiver – he would have started higher, but a hold-out caused him to miss the beginning of training camp. Early in the season Edwards revealed that he had a staph infection, and missed a few weeks as a result of it. He moved into the starting lineup by midseason. He made his NFL debut versus the Cincinnati Bengals on September 11 and caught his first NFL touchdown at the Green Bay Packers on September 18. He amassed 512 receiving yards and three touchdowns before suffering a season ending knee injury. Edwards had surgery in the offseason, and while rehabilitating bonded with Kellen Winslow II. Both were determined to make a full and speedy recovery.


Edwards, like Winslow, had a successful rehabilitation that enabled him to be ready to play in the team's opening game in 2006. Edwards became the top receiver for the Browns after an injury to Joe Jurevicius that season. Edwards totaled 61 receptions for 884 yards and six touchdowns on the season. At the end of the season, Edwards announced he would give $500,000 to the University of Michigan for a scholarship endowment for football players. Edwards also had an infamous altercation with Charlie Frye on the sidelines of a game in 2006. He said "and they're talking about video games." Edwards continued to make headlines that season when he called out Mike Minter, Chris Gamble and other defensive backs of the Carolina Panthers. Additionally, he attended the annual Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game after being advised not to go by several veteran captains. Edwards was late getting back from Columbus and was late to a team meeting.


Edwards had a breakout season in 2007 and made his first Pro Bowl, becoming the first Browns receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Webster Slaughter in 1989. Edwards broke franchise records for receiving yardage with 1289 receiving yards compared to Slaughter's record of 1236 in 1989 and receiving touchdowns with 16 compared to Gary Collins's 13 in 1963. Edwards' 16 touchdowns was also second in the league behind only Randy Moss who set an NFL record with 23 touchdowns.


Like the Browns, Edwards had high expectations in 08. Edwards publicly made a bet with Michael Phelps that he would catch 17 touchdowns in 08. However, Edwards and the Browns struggled during the entire year. The Browns finished at 4–12, and Braylon led the NFL in dropped passes with 16. He caught only three touchdown passes.[7]

New York JetsEdit


On October 7, Edwards was traded to the New York Jets for wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and a third and fifth round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[8][9] Edwards cited a need for a "fresh start" following the deal's completion.[10] In 12 games for New York, Braylon had 35 catches for 541 yards and four touchdowns. Braylon had his first taste of the post-season in the 2009–10 NFL playoffs. In the Jets first two games, Braylon only had 4 catches for 56 yards but in the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts, Braylon caught a 80 yard touchdown pass to give the Jets their first points of the game. He finished the game with 2 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown as the Jets lost 30-17.


San Francisco 49ersEdit


On August 4th, 2011 Edwards signed with the San Francisco 49ers for a 1 year $1 million deal. The deal would turn to $3.5 million if he either got 90 catches or made the 2012 Pro Bowl. He was waived on December 27th.

Legal issuesEdit

Edwards has oft been in trouble with the law as he has been pulled over several times over the last eight years for speeding violations.[11] The most recent of which was in October 2008 when he was pulled over for driving 120 mph in a 65 mph zone.[12]

Two days before being traded to the New York Jets, on October 5, 2009, Edwards reportedly punched Edward Givens, a local party promoter, in the face at 2:30 A.M. outside of the View Ultralounge & Nightclub.[13] Givens, who is an acquaintance of LeBron James, alleged that Edwards was jealous of James' success thus prompting Edwards' attack. This prompted James to call the incident "childish."[13] On October 26, 2009, Edwards was charged with misdemeanor assault[13] and later plead no contest to the charge of aggravated assault on January 12, 2010.[14] Edwards was given a suspended 180-day jail sentence, was fined $1,000 and placed on inactive probation.[14] Though Edwards offered no explanation or apology for his actions, he reportedly regretted the entire ordeal according to his lawyer.[14] The NFL would not suspend Edwards for his actions.[15]

On September 21, 2010, Edwards was arrested on a drunken driving charge in New York early in the morning.[12] He was originally pulled over for having excessively tinted windows on his Range Rover.[12] Police smelled alcohol on Edwards who blew 0.16—twice the legal limit.[12] He was arrested on a DWI charge.[12] He is still on probation for the altercation that occurred in October 2009.[12]