This photo is OK if youâ€™re Charlie Sheen, or you have a bet with Big Enos Burdette that you and the Bandit can get all of this to Atlanta in 28 hours. But if youâ€™re wide receiver and perennial screwup Braylon Edwards, perhaps it isnâ€™t the best PR move of the century to be posing on your Facebook page with this much hooch.
Not only did Edwards lead the league in drops last season, but he also failed his physical and injured himself in a pickup basketball game. And don’t forget the time he injured his foot when a teammate stepped on it because Edwards was running practice routes in his socks. But the bigger issue here, of course, is that Edwards was out drinking with Donte Stallworth on the fateful night of Stallworth’s DUI accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian. But welcome to my basement anyway! How do you like your martini? (Hick!)
He’s now taken the photo down, apparently, a wise move in a preseason in which the former Michigan standout is already being accused of faking his injury because he’s protesting not having received a salary extension. The Browns are sticking with Edwards even though he had awful numbers last season, but the receiver isn’t returning the affection.
Edwards had a Pro Bowl season in 2007, with 80 catches for 1,289 yards abd 16 touchdowns. Then the bottom fell out last season, with 55 catches for 873 yards and three TDs (no weeping, fantasy league players). Could demon booze be a factor?
One thing we know, or think we know, is that Edwards spent more than $3,000 while partying with friends, including Stallworth, at a Miami nightclub the night of Stallworth’s accident. That’s a lot of money for booze, even if it’s a big group. So is there a problem here?
The Browns placed Edwards on their non-football injury list on July 27, but coach Eric Mangini said he expected the team’s only major option at wide receiver to report to training camp — something that hasn’t happened so far.