2011 Free Agents: Should the Rams consider Braylon Edwards?

Most attention has been focused pretty firmly on the Senior Bowl this week, but that doesn't preclude anyone from talking about free agency...even if the league scuttles it because of the CBA situation. 

ESPN 101's Brain Stull brought up Braylon Edwards as a receiver that the St. Louis Rams ought to consider when/if free agency happens. Edwards is coming off a one-year "prove it" deal with the Jets, a year in which he did indeed prove it with 53 receptions, 904 yards and 7 TDs. 

And why wouldn't the Jets keep him? They have another free agent wide receiver, Santonio Holmes that figures to be more of a priority. 

Edwards' DUI last fall and the night club fracus that got him traded the year before raises some questions about whether or not he'd be a fit with Spagnuolo's Rams. However, the fact that the team considered Vincent Jackson and Terrell Owens in 2010 means that they probably have some confidence in their ability to manage and/or contain a player who doesn't exactly fit under the "four pillars."

Edwards had a 52 percent catch rate in 2010, quite a bit higher than the 47 and 40 percent catch rates he posted in the years prior. He also had a 52 percent catch rate in 2007 when he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 TDs.

Could Edwards build on his 2010 season or was it just a fluke, a contract year fluke? And what kind of price would he command? Probably a high enough one to make signing him a little risky. 

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