First let’s address the issues, because they are serious and plentiful when it comes to Edwards:
Legal issues (aka off the field “stuff”): Edwards has been pulled over several times over the last eight years for speeding violations. The most recent of which was in October 2008 when he was pulled over for driving 120 mph in a 65 mph zone. On September 21, 2010, Edwards was arrested on a drunken driving charge in New York. He was originally pulled over for having excessively tinted windows on his Range Rover, police smelled alcohol on Edwards who blew 0.16—twice the legal limit.
Two days before being traded to the New York Jets, on October 5, 2009, Edwards reportedly punched a local party promoter in the face outside a nightclub. Edwards was charged with misdemeanor assault and later plead no contest to the charge of aggravated assault. The NFL did not suspend Edwards for his actions. He is still on probation for this altercation.
Dropped Balls: Edwards is known for dropping balls. He has lead the league in dropped passes (23) in 2008, a year he caught only 3 touchdown passes.
Michigan: He attended the “school up north”. As we all know NOTHING good comes from Ann Arbor. NOTHING! Matter-of-fact “I don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan.”
Now why the potential of signing Edwards is intriguing and why there is potential.
Nix have shown a fascination with signing freakish athletes, especially recently. Edwards, if anything, is a freakish athlete. He is large (6-3/210+ frame), strong (22 reps at the combine), and fast (4.38 – 40 time during the combine).
Nix seem to appreciate production in college. Edwards won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and became the first receiver in Big Ten history to have three consecutive 1000-yard seasons and the third in NCAA Division I-A. He set most of the current Michigan Wolverines football receiving records.
While he has only had one outstanding season (2007) he has been generally productive and is on the “right” side of 30 (he is 29). He also is only one year removed from posting over 900 yards with the Jets.
He had an injury-plagued season last year, but this was an anomaly. Previous to that he never missed a regular season game, other than his rookie season in 2005. That is pretty notable and something that Nix must recognize when evaluating free agents. His horrendous year last year might have driven his asking price into something reasonable.
So, would you support Nix kicking the tires on Edwards?