Did Giants Make Mistake by Passing on Braylon

Ken Palmer and Paul Schwartz give their opinions on the Giants passing on trading with the Cleveland Browns for Braylon Edwards.

Paul Schwartz: OK, I admit it. I've changed my mind. Prior to the NFL Draft I was adamant that Jerry Reese should unquestionably trade away his first-round draft pick, and come up with a package to send to Cleveland in exchange for Braylon Edwards. It made so much sense. Replace Plaxico Burress with a big, fast, rangy young veteran capable of stepping right in. Do it, Jerry! Now that the draft is over I've changed my tune. I have to say I'm excited about Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden and Travis Beckum. I really am. Now in addition to the blessing of spending another month in my beloved Albany I get some sizzle to training camp by watching these pass-catching prospects in their developmental stage. I was worried about Edwards, entering the final year on his contract, coming in and squawking about wanting $10 million a year. Sure, he would have been instant gratification but now I think this youth movement may work. I really like20Nicks – actually I can't imagine him being a bust – and while I know Barden will take time you have to be intrigued by a 6-6 gazelle playing wide receiver. Beckum threw me for a loop, as I never envisioned Reese taking an H-back. But it's a great idea; yet another big target to go along with Kevin Boss. Adding these three to what the Giants already have – Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham – should be enough, one way or another.

Ken Palmer: This is a real tough one, buddy. I definitely agree with you on the one hand. But on the other, this is a team that's certainly in a win-now mode, defending division champs only one year removed from winning the Super Bowl. As good as I think all three of those rookies are going to be, I don't see them having the immediate impact that Edwards would have. Of course, one has only to look back to Reese's phenomenal class of 2007 to see proof otherwise. But I still think the Giants should have gone for the sure thing. They had extra picks to spare and even the Giants seemed to believe that Edwards would certainly have benefited from a change of scenery. With all that said, it's still not totally out of the question. The Browns have made it no secret that they have no desire to bring Edwards to training camp, meaning that he could possibly still be had on the cheap. We all saw what happened with Jeremy Shockey when he basically forced the Giants to deal him last offseason. While Edwards doesn't appear to have the same makeup as Shockey, it's quite possible that the same situation occurs and Cleveland does whatever it can to part ways. If that were to occur, I'd sure hope the Giants would be first in line for his services. Sure that dangerous rookie trio is going to make its mark. But I want the instant gratification that only Braylon Edwards can provide – and I'd be willing to bet that Eli Manning agrees.

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