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Is Braylon Edwards holding out without holding out?

As Browns receiver Braylon Edwards continues to miss practice time due to a mysterious injury that, as rumor has it, he suffered while playing basketball, some league insiders are wondering whether Edwards is faking it.

The fact that Edwards showed up a day late for camp is fueling the theory/hypothesis that he isn’t really hurt, and that he’s merely saying that he’s hurt in order to not have to practice as a protest against the fact that he hasn’t received a contract extension and/or hasn’t been traded.

We freely admit that this is speculation, but we also know based on discussions with multiple league sources that it’s one of the ways that a player who’s under contract and who doesn’t want to risk owing large fines can avoid practicing — and it’s definitely a tactic some agents have at least considered in other cases.

Actually, the four primary, non-T.O.-in-Philly options to display discontent possibly are playing out simultaneously in various NFL cities, all featuring receivers. 

In Atlanta, Roddy White is holding out.  In Denver, Brandon Marshall looks to be milking injuries after passing his physical.  In Cleveland, Edwards arguably is using a pre-physical injury to stay off the field.  And in Arizona, Anquan Boldin is biting his lip and showing up for work.

For Edwards, the question becomes whether the Browns eventually call his bluff, requiring him to undergo more extensive diagnostic procedures.  Then again, it could be that the Browns prefer to keep him away from a possible season-ending injury if they’re hoping to ultimately be able to trade him to another team.

And we still think that Edwards to the Jets for Thomas Jones and a draft pick or two makes a lot of sense.

Which probably means it’ll never happen.

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17 Responses to “Is Braylon Edwards holding out without holding out?”
  1. Alex says: Aug 3, 2009 11:07 PM

    Yea Florio, the Browns are definitely gonna try to trade for another 30 year old running back. You get smarter with every post.

  2. bbq says: Aug 3, 2009 11:09 PM

    If I was making millions of dollars I don’t think I’d complain.. especially if I was in the situation of Roddy White or Anquan Boldin and had a legitimate shot of making a Super Bowl run.

  3. Zinn says: Aug 3, 2009 11:27 PM

    Edwards would not be the first guy to realize that playing for Mangini is not good for his career and want out. Wonder how long it will be until the rest of the Browns mutiny against Mangini. It only took a the a week of training camp in his first year with the Jets for his players to mutiny against Mangini.

  4. Browns in '10 says: Aug 3, 2009 11:36 PM

    Hey Florio, we hear you loud and clear, you hate the Browns. But c’mon man, this is getting freakin rediculous. Just once I want to read something that actually has an ounce of credibility on this site. You’re a joke.

  5. clevefan1 says: Aug 3, 2009 11:51 PM

    >>>And we still think that Edwards to the Jets for Thomas Jones and a draft pick or two makes a lot of sense.

  6. SirSuperSouthern says: Aug 4, 2009 12:13 AM

    “Hey Florio, we hear you loud and clear, you hate the Browns.”
    Planet Earth has a message for you: the Browns are too sorry to hate. I mean get real, who could possibly hate a sub-500 squad? The only teams that get hated are winners, like Notre Dame (hate ‘em), the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees (hate ‘em), etc.
    Who the hell are the Browns???

  7. east96st says: Aug 4, 2009 1:21 AM

    “And we still think that Edwards to the Jets for Thomas Jones and a draft pick or two makes a lot of sense.”
    Didn’t the never all the trade rumors before the draft teach you anything? Cleveland thinks Edwards is a top WR and wants a first rounder and then some for him. No other team agreed with Cleveland’s assessment, so no trade happened. Add on to that Count Dropula’s ridiculous salary demands and he’s untradeable.

  8. philgrek says: Aug 4, 2009 2:39 AM

    “We freely admit that this is speculation…”
    and I freely admit that I just lost interest on your make-believe article.

  9. texline says: Aug 4, 2009 8:34 AM

    As a Browns fan, I have only 2 things against Braylon. He can’t catch, and he can’t keep his pie hole shut. Both problems that he had while still at Mishitigan. Trading him may be tough, as most teams like their recievers to be able to recieve.

  10. The Coop says: Aug 4, 2009 9:06 AM

    This site has officially jumped the shark.
    Here’s a tip for anyone new to PFT. Avoid stories that have a “?” in the title. They are speculative stories with zero fact behind them.

  11. Nevisyakker says: Aug 4, 2009 9:32 AM

    Hey, what’s wrong with speculation? I mean the article starts with a disclaimer which tells you this is not much more than throwing ideas around, and what else is the preseason good for?
    The best comment is: “Planet Earth has a message for you: the Browns are too sorry to hate. I mean get real, who could possibly hate a sub-500 squad?” That is absolutely right. Let the Browns prove they aren’t a joke and then maybe people will feel the responsibility to treat them seriously.

  12. BrownsTown says: Aug 4, 2009 9:36 AM

    SirSuperSouthern,
    I get what you’re saying. That’s how the north feels about the south after some Civil War domination.

  13. kosarisking says: Aug 4, 2009 10:13 AM

    StupidSouthern writes: “The only teams that get hated are winners, like Notre Dame…”
    FYI – Notre Dame sucks. Better get back to the trailer, your wife/sister is calling.

  14. madM100 says: Aug 4, 2009 11:04 AM

    Man you gotta love the pound man cleveland is a great city id like to see the browns return to their pre-contraction playoff ability

  15. empty13 says: Aug 4, 2009 11:52 AM

    secession was and is legal. the nonproductive as usual attack to keep the productive from departing.
    the south was paying 90% of all the taxes.
    yankees were freeloaders. many still are.

  16. PFTdisabledMyID says: Aug 4, 2009 12:53 PM

    emptyhead 13 = DUMBA$$

  17. Bob S. says: Aug 4, 2009 1:04 PM

    and giants still look like they need him – bad!

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