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With No. 81 in San Fran, Braylon doesn’t want to be “known as the next [T.O.]”

Braylon Edwards AP

Usually, I don’t write about stuff that I talked about during PFT Live, unless I’m trying to get you to watch a portion of PFT Live.

Today, I’m making an exception, all in the name of defending a player whom I’ve rarely defended.

New 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards won’t be able to wear No. 17, because the number has been issues to receiver Dominique Zeigler.  Edwards instead has been issued No. 81.  Previously worn by Terrell Owens.

“Listen here, that number is temporary,” Edwards said, according to Nate Davis of USA Today.  “Seventeen is being used right now, and I’m trying to figure out how that’s going to work for the season.  But 81 is temporary, and I’m trying to look for a new number.

“I’m not trying to be known as the next [Terrell Owens] or anything related to him, and maybe not even 17.  Maybe a fresh start means a fresh number, so 81 is temporary.  And when the time is right, I’ll find the number that I’ll be wearing.”

But why wouldn’t Braylon want to be known as the next T.O. “or anything related to him”?  Owens is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, due in part to the fact that he can consistently, you know, catch the ball.  And despite his flaws, T.O. has never gotten into a hint of trouble.

Edwards, in contrast, can’t seem to stay out of trouble.  In 2009, a fight with a 120-pound member of LeBron’s entourage got Braylon run out of Cleveland.  In 2010, Edwards created a major distraction when he was arrested for DUI.  More recently, as he was looking for a job, he ended up in the middle of a mess in Michigan.

So Braylon should pray every night that he’ll be “known as the next [T.O.] or anything related to him.”  The fact that he’d say anything otherwise further proves that he doesn’t get it.

And we wouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t ultimately get that $1 million salary for 2011; with the money not guaranteed, the Niners can cut him at any point before the start of the regular season and owe nothing.

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47 Responses to “With No. 81 in San Fran, Braylon doesn’t want to be “known as the next [T.O.]””
  1. mike83ri says: Aug 5, 2011 3:18 PM

    I’d saying potentially attempting suicide is a hint of trouble. It is, after all, illegal.

  2. hobartbaker says: Aug 5, 2011 3:19 PM

    That is the thing about the wide receiver position. As big a jerk as you may be, you always know someone else is going to come along at the position to make you seem respectable by comparison.

  3. doe22us says: Aug 5, 2011 3:21 PM

    He is such a punk enough said. No wonder people just bypassed him what a waste.

  4. JackLeone says: Aug 5, 2011 3:22 PM

    People can say what they want about T.O. and Chad Johnson, but those are two guys that could do their job (catch the ball well) and didn’t have off the field problems. Braylon Edwards, not so much. Not only does he have problems off the field, he rarely catches the ball!

  5. destructicus says: Aug 5, 2011 3:24 PM

    Actually, Terrel Owens would drop a lot of balls as well. Yes, he would make some spectacular grabs, but in those same games often the routine short passes would bounce off his hands.

  6. vadog says: Aug 5, 2011 3:26 PM

    “Owens is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, due in part to the fact that he can consistently, you know, catch the ball.”

    Owens and Edwards share one tendency. When both are required to run routes through the middle of the defense their arms get noticably shorter and their heads are on swivels looking for that fast closing linebacker or DB.

    Call me crazy, but give me Jerricho Cotchery over Edwards any day. He’s not afraid of catching the ball in traffic and will fight off defenders.

  7. ghostrider25 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:26 PM

    I’ll bet my house, if you bet yours, that he makes that $1m. He only has to make the team week one. He would have to do something incredibly stupid considering the 49ers lack of WR depth and Crabtree’s injury. He seems to have a respect for Harbaugh since they are both Michigan men and his dad played ball with Harbaugh.

    Also, as to your TO comments… I think he’s just trying to disassociate himself from TO’s off the field antics which affected the Niners firsthand. Braylon has his own baggage and doesn’t want to imply that he’ll bring TO type baggage along with that. I’m quite certain that he wouldn’t mind being associated with TO’s production.

  8. oldassgoat1 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:29 PM

    Perhaps they will appreciate his San Francisco “essence”. New York sure didn’t.

  9. madrid517 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:30 PM

    This was the only reason I didn’t want the Niners to sign Braylon, having to read stories like this about my team. I would like to see some positive news, but I guess unless we start winning this is the best it gets. Sad.

  10. discostu570 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:30 PM

    He doesn’t want to be the next T.O. because he doesn’t want to be a mega talented receiver whose personality and reputation keeps him from having long term stability. TO didn’t get in legal trouble, but he wore out his welcome everywhere he went. Thats something I’d think any young player would want to avoid.

  11. scoops1 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:31 PM

    Can’t the team just let Braylon wear his prison # as his jersey #

  12. rambo08 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:34 PM

    Braylon isn’t even near the same talent level as T.O.

  13. dgforreal says: Aug 5, 2011 3:38 PM

    Dominique Zeigler’s jersey number is higher than his career receptions total.

  14. elwaysbrain says: Aug 5, 2011 3:42 PM

    Nice try, Mike. Braylon was obviously referring to the fact that T.O. is a locker room cancer and a headcase. Somebody should explain to you that that’s why Philly and San Fran got rid of him.

  15. bengalsown says: Aug 5, 2011 3:43 PM

    There’s no concern Braylon, no matter what number you wear you will never be thought of as even being close to comparable to TO, or any other elite WR in the NFL.

  16. citiciti says: Aug 5, 2011 3:44 PM

    braylon=LOSER

  17. semperfi24 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:46 PM

    Braylon and TO have one thing in common, not that there is anything wrong with that. Michael Irvin will support you and your “essence”

  18. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 5, 2011 3:47 PM

    Owens is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, due in part to the fact that he can consistently, you know, catch the ball.
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    Wait was that a complement? That has to be a first.

  19. rickycubane says: Aug 5, 2011 3:48 PM

    Braylon Edwards wishes he had half of T.O’s stats.. he should keep his mouth shut and worry about getting his career and personal life back on track and not what number he has on his back… after a great start in cleveland he has fallen off the wagon too many times.. TO is ten times the reciever Edwards is

  20. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:53 PM

    Big, Strong, Fast, Attitude Problem, Drop Problem, oh yea that sounds nothing like T.O. How could we even make that connection. lol

  21. jbcommonsense says: Aug 5, 2011 3:54 PM

    Two reasons nobody will compare Braylon to TO:
    1. TO made news on the field, Braylon doesn’t;
    2. TO made trouble in the locker room, Braylon makes trouble in cars and bars.

  22. clownsfan says: Aug 5, 2011 3:54 PM

    “B-Eazy” need not worry. T.O. might be a lot of things but one thing he ain’t is a world-class poof. Can Bray-Bray say that? Me thinks not.

  23. hedphurst says: Aug 5, 2011 4:05 PM

    This must be a new record for quickest alienation of the fanbase by a new free agent.

  24. dennis2488 says: Aug 5, 2011 4:05 PM

    who would mistake them two? if you ever get confused just remember that owens was the one that was able to catch a football

  25. philahitman says: Aug 5, 2011 4:15 PM

    Braylon “Drop” Edwards goes to bed wishing he was T.O. …what was that sound… oh, another Braylon drop.

  26. sjoyner59 says: Aug 5, 2011 4:53 PM

    sorry but edwards is not in T Os ‘ league as a player….T O never gets in off the feild trouble plus owens has HOF numbers even though hes nuts he can STILL play at his age

  27. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 5, 2011 5:09 PM

    Wow. I can’t remember the last time T.O. got this much love in a post. Is that a complement for T.O. or a knock on Edwards?

  28. forty9asty says: Aug 5, 2011 5:09 PM

    I guess when you make a name for yourself for one bad season, it sticks with you forever. I don’t by any means think of Braylon as a savior for the 49ers, but he does add some much needed help to the receiving corps. I would’ve much rather had them snag Malcolm Floyd from San Diego, but for no guaranteed upfront money? That is an incredible win/win situation for the team. He only gets paid big if he gets 90 catches and makes the pro bowl. What I forsee is a player with some motivation to go out and give it his all this season, and who knows, we may finally see him live up to his potential (he is afterall, a freakish athlete and was does have some great talent) Worst case scenario? He gets in trouble or doesn’t produce at all and the 9ers have barely lost a dime. I like those odds.

    Oh, and for all you Braylon “drop” Edwards sayers or those saying he can’t catch a cold, did any of you look at his stats from last year? I believe he only had 1 single drop!

  29. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 5, 2011 5:10 PM

    Is the number #81 cursed?

    I think another player came to the 49ers and was compared to T.O. (when given #81) and had to say he wasn’t the next T.O. Then Jason Avant on the Eagles. Then Moss when he went to the Pats. Whats the deal?

  30. mlrigsby says: Aug 5, 2011 5:29 PM

    lol, did he just say TO can consistently catch the ball?

  31. bcgreg says: Aug 5, 2011 5:35 PM

    Don’t worry about it. Braylon Edwards is no where near the player T.O. is.

  32. bucks12965 says: Aug 5, 2011 5:54 PM

    Edwards couldn’t carry T.O.’s jock.

  33. bluvayner says: Aug 5, 2011 5:57 PM

    Edwards should concentrate on catching the ball, and making the team, rather than worrying about his number.

    The reason that many players fret about their number in the first place is because they have tens of thousands of dollars invested in gold and diamond necklaces with their number on it……not to mention the tatoos.

  34. rajbais says: Aug 5, 2011 6:11 PM

    Naw! As the current 49er wearing #81 he’ll look more like the crappier version of Antonio Bryant!!!

    Hey, like Bryant he’ll have to play with Alex Smith and that will really hurt his 90 catch stat-based financial incentives!!!

  35. lawyermalloy says: Aug 5, 2011 6:12 PM

    He doesn’t have to worry about becoming another Owens. T.O. will ultimately be in the HOF B.E. may wind up playing for the Semi Pro Team at San Quentin, in the Calif. “penal” league before the season is out!

  36. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Aug 5, 2011 6:29 PM

    Of all the places TO played. He looked the best in that San Fran uniform.

  37. chowface86 says: Aug 5, 2011 7:12 PM

    Braylon will be a strong candidate for NFL MVP this year. I predict 114 receptions, 1566 yards, and 27 TDs with 2 passing TDs and 5 rushing TDs.

  38. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 5, 2011 8:25 PM

    Braylon being compared to T.O? HAHAHA! Thats a good one, if he tried to reach an achievement that high he’d break his parole. What an idiot, and a disgrace to the number 81 in SF

  39. buffaloniner says: Aug 5, 2011 8:38 PM

    Terell Owens has never gotten into a hint of trouble?? are you kidding me? What sport have you been following? T.O. has caused more trouble than any any other player I can even think of. The man has torn every team he played for apart from the inside out with all the “trouble” he caused. He challenged the entire locker room to a fight in Philly and actually physically brawled with his own TEAMMATES! Just because the cops didn’t get involved this is somehow classified as staying out of trouble? I don’t think so. Edwards has made some pretty dumb moves off the feild but as far as I know, his trouble has only affected himself and not his entire team, like T.O. Braylon’s comment that he does not want to be known as the next T.O. does absolutely nothing to prove that he does not “get it”. In fact it shows the complete opposite. It shows growth and a desire to not want to cause issues with his team.

  40. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 5, 2011 9:43 PM

    Buffaloniner, not a very smart comment there bub. Some coach on the Eagles staff was in the locker room running his mouth about T.O and he was unaware that T.O was in the other room hearing it all. When T.O came in to confront him (wouldn’t you do the same?) the coach, not sure what his name is but he’s gone now anyway, took it to the next level and punches were thrown. Thats contesting a disrespectful coach, not “challenging and entire locker room”. And as far as “Tearing apart every team that he’s played for, unlike most people these days he actually fulfilled his contract in SF and then wanted out, that ship was sinking and he didn’t want to be in it and I can’t blame him. In Philly he out performed his contract and wanted a new one, they dropped the ball on it so he left. Look at Desean Jackson now, and Chris Johnson. Josh Cribbs etc, all the same but the Eagles just wanted him to bust his ass and play for practically nothing. The Cowboys, in his three years there he put up 3,587 yds and 38 TD’s. More productive in those three years than any other WR in the NFL. Buffalo, best WR they’ve had in years despite being thrown to by Brian freaking Brohm at one point, but I guess he ripped that locker room apart too right? The Bengals, the team crumbled around him and Ced Ben. Now Ocho is gone and Carson retired early and none of that had to do with Mike Brown being an idiot right? Nooo It was all T.O’s fault wasn’t it? Check up on your facts before you start running your mouth

  41. buffaloniner says: Aug 5, 2011 10:57 PM

    @ 4512dawg4512, Your rundown of the situation not only proves my point but is a bit inaccurate. He LITERALLY did challenged everybody else in the locker room to fight him after going to blows with a coach because he didn’t like what the coach was saying about him. Sounds like a class act. That is definitely and act to be admired, I see why you’re defending it … O_o… I think you are the one that needs to check your facts “bub”. You also seem to be having a hard time remembering all the other fights and drama he caused within the organizations, particularly regarding his QBs (Garcia, Mcnabb, etc.) and the reason he left the Eagles was not just due to them not giving him a new contract (apparently divas struggle to live on $49 million) it was because he was suspended and then completely deactivated for the team for causing too many problems. Remember now? Good. My comment had nothing to do with his playing ability or production. Although he’s declined quite a bit in recent years and I also think he now looks pretty damn lazy on the field, at one point he was one of the greatest players and definitely a future hall of famer, but the problems he has caused distract quite a bit from how good he was. Don’t worry about your ignorance regarding the situation. It’s ok because I can tell that you just weren’t aware of the messes he’s gotten into. Ask a football fan. They’ll tell ya about it.

  42. steelcity09 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:40 PM

    How about “0”?

    That number is available you big idiot.

    Nice hands by the way Braylon……pfffffft.

  43. steelcity09 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:42 PM

    uffaloniner, not a very smart comment there bub. Some coach on the Eagles staff was in the locker room running his mouth about T.O and he was unaware that T.O was in the other room hearing it all. When T.O came in to confront him (wouldn’t you do the same?) the coach, not sure what his name is but he’s gone now anyway, took it to the next level and punches were thrown. Thats contesting a disrespectful coach, not “challenging and entire locker room”. And as far as “Tearing apart every team that he’s played for, unlike most people these days he actually fulfilled his contract in SF and then wanted out, that ship was sinking and he didn’t want to be in it and I can’t blame him. In Philly he out performed his contract and wanted a new one, they dropped the ball on it so he left. Look at Desean Jackson now, and Chris Johnson. Josh Cribbs etc, all the same but the Eagles just wanted him to bust his ass and play for practically nothing. The Cowboys, in his three years there he put up 3,587 yds and 38 TD’s. More productive in those three years than any other WR in the NFL. Buffalo, best WR they’ve had in years despite being thrown to by Brian freaking Brohm at one point, but I guess he ripped that locker room apart too right? The Bengals, the team crumbled around him and Ced Ben. Now Ocho is gone and Carson retired early and none of that had to do with Mike Brown being an idiot right? Nooo It was all T.O’s fault wasn’t it? Check up on your facts before you start running your mouth
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    Best of luck on your rehab T.O. :)

  44. ee00ee says: Aug 6, 2011 2:15 AM

    temporary, ya like 1 season temporary

  45. dabrownsrule says: Aug 6, 2011 2:43 AM

    Sorry ButtahFingahs… but you will NEVER be compared to TO. He brought his A game and you never found it.

  46. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 6, 2011 1:46 PM

    buffaloniner, You make good points but I’ll tell you this, I’m 30 yrs old and I can say with total confidence that T.O is the best WR of my generation. You may not like it and you don’t have to, but we both know it’s true. Glad we could agree on something

  47. macjacmccoy says: Aug 7, 2011 12:45 AM

    wow this probably the dumbest thing you ever wrote. Im not even gonna name the reasons no reciever should want 2 be like T.O. . Everyone including you already know what they are.

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