Only Three times since 1970 has an offensive NFL player started for one team in a given week, been traded mid week, and then started for his new team the very next week. That is exactly what Braylon Edwards just did, and he turned in a performance that may have severely angered Cleveland Browns fans. On Monday Night Football Edwards, turned in a performance that seemed worthy of the third overall pick the Browns used to draft him in 2005. Browns fans have to be left wondering why he didn’t play like that in Cleveland.
A look at his numbers from Monday Night may not be all that impressive. Braylon got five balls for 64 yards, and 34 of those yards came on his long reception. However Edwards did score a Touchdown and was in the mix for each and every critical play of the game. He even went over the middle and picked up a pass, the old Braylon would have dropped. On top of that he drew a pass interference call that allowed the Jets to score their last touchdown.
It seems that Braylon needed a new start, tired of losing in Cleveland he did ask to be dealt in the off-season. The Browns were unable to work a deal for him then, even though several NFL contenders were looking for help at the Wide Out position. Sure Braylon may be a malcontent, but is he really so different that any other wide out diva in this league?