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Edwards Talking His Way Right Out of Cleveland


In yet another sign of the disaster that is the 2008 edition of the Cleveland Browns, receiver Braylon Edwards sounds like a guy who’s trying to talk his way out of town.

If, you know, they don’t kill him before he leaves.

Actually, we love Cleveland fans. There’s no more loyal bunch, and no more deserving of something/anything to feel good about when it comes to their sports teams.

Edwards likely doesn’t agree with our assessment, based on his recent REMARKS.

After Monday night’s loss to the Eagles, Edwards suggested that his ties to Michigan football have kept him from being embraced by the folks in Ohio.


“I’ve learned being here that I’m very unappreciated,” Edwards said. “Not in the organization, just in the eyes of the fans, the city. Since Day One I’ve been a marked man coming from Michigan. It’s just gone that way. Even when things are good, there’s heckles.”

Braylon, please do a little research on Thom Darden before coming to any conclusions regarding whether Browns fans hold grudges about guys who played for Michigan.

On Tuesday, Edwards continued to chirp.

“I’m not Paul Warfield, Webster Slaughter or Jim Brown,” Edwards said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’ve given my all to this city for four years, and I realize it will never be enough. I went to the Pro Bowl last year and resurrected this team from the darkness, and nobody cared.”

There’s more.

“People in this town believe they are entitled to too much. They have been disrespectful to me and my family. I’ve gone out in public with my family and have had to deal with being called foul names. My parents have been called vulgar things at restaurants.”

Hey, Bray, if you thought things were bad before, just wait until they see you and your folks out at the local eateries now. (P.S. Don’t order the bouillabaisse.)

“My biggest problem is that I actually give a damn,” Edwards said. “I’m always rushing back from surgeries and injuries, never missing games or practices. But through this, I’ve learned how to overcome adversity. I’m also proud of how my foundation has taken off. I’ve been doing all this community service in Cleveland . . . my charity efforts will only be in Detroit from now on.”

OK, Browns fans didn’t care about the Michigan thing before. But now they probably do.

We’ve seen this routine before, and we know what Edwards is up to. Given his jump earlier this year to CAA and his awkward presence on the set of the whole Bissinger-Leitch thing, chances are that Edwards fancies himself a potential crossover media star. You know, the kind of guy who’ll get a movie in which he plays a role other than that of a current or former football player.

But Edwards apparently thinks he’ll never be in position to become a national superstar/celebrity while toiling away for an underachieving team in a Rust Belt town.

Signed through 2009, it could be that Edwards is trying to lay the foundation for an offseason trade to a new team, and the $10 million per year deal that would go along with it.

But it would have to be a team with a profile that will allow Edwards to become the big deal he thinks he is.

In other words, he likely wants to play for the Cowboys.

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One Response to “Edwards Talking His Way Right Out of Cleveland”

  1. Dan says:

    Anderson, Edwards, Winslow and Stallworth have all been pansies this year. Dump them all. It’s going to be hard to get anything worth their values though, because noone wants to play in Cleveland. It’s not the weather, fans or ownership. It’s the stinking coaching staff that doesn’t know how to utilize these player’s talents. Bring in Cowher and I guarantee that players will line up to play here. You have Harrison, who I have been talking up for the past 2 years, who is averaging almost 8 yards per carry. If you take away his 72 yard burst he is still averaging almost 6 yards per carry and seldom get’s any action. What other Brown’s player can compete with that? He averaged over 6 yards per carry last year also. Lewis is not going to get his 1,000 yards and he will want out of Cleveland after the year is over, along with Winslow and Edwards.Lewis’s problem was the coaching staff, who know’s he gets stronger as the game goes on. Why not run him more?
    This years coaching staff has completely destroyed a playoff caliber team. Look at last year. The Browns had the lead and/or should have won 3 of their 6 losses. They blew 3 games last year and still ended up with 10 wins. That was with the defense we had last year. We beefed up every area of the team this year, only to self destruct, and shatter every Browns fans dream of a playoff run this year.
    Personally, I don’t see anything better coming out of next year. Sure, Quinn should have or could have done better when he got in, but I think that was inexperience. If they would have got him in the game when DA self destructed he would have been better equipted to handle the pressure. Again, “coaching staff”. Sure, we have the Tribe and Cavs competing, but this is a football town. If the Browns don’t suceed, we are “NOT” happy. I don’t blame Savage as much as most fans do, although he should have stepped in when he saw Crennel wasn’t helping matters. I think he brought in the talent, it’s just that this coaching staff doesn’t know how to use it.
    Everyone knows Crennel is not a head coach. Chudzinski? Offensive coordinator? Yah right!! Let’s run Lewis up the middle on 2nd and 10 or 15 constantly. Let’s not get Harrison into the game. Let’s stick with DA even though he has imploded. Tucker? Defensive coordinator? Let’s not create some kind of pass rush. Williams, Rogers and Smith are big enough to get through anyones offensive line. Where were they? Last but certainly not least is Myslinski as conditioning and strength coach? Why do you think all the injuries have occurred this year? I say the players were not in shape or condition.
    Bring in a “real” head coach, get rid of the players that don’t want to be here, fire the entire coaching staff, especially Myslinski and Crennel. But most of all…. “GIVE THE BROWNS FANS SOMETHING TO SINK THEIR TEETH INTO”.

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