Braylon Edwards recently reminded reporters that he signed a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns and that he's in his fifth season.
Hum, does it sound like Edwards is counting the days until he gets his wish and is no longer wearing the brown and orange?
If Edwards does want to take the first Amtrak out of town after the season ends, he sure has a strange way of tipping his hand. It's one thing to drop passes and, as was the case in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday, not catch a single pass.
But Edwards went to an extreme to get on the bad side of coach Eric Mangini when he allegedly punched a friend of Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James outside a night club at 2:30 Monday morning. The alleged victim, Edward Givens, claimed Edwards hit him with a closed fist, causing him to go to a hospital with a headache and a black eye.
If Mangini fined safety Abram Elam $1,701 for not paying for a $3 bottle of water, how will he handle the situation with Edwards after he understands all the details? Capital punishment is legal in Ohio the last time I checked.
It's safe to say that Edwards won't be with the Browns next season. He's going to want to be paid like an elite receiver, but his play on the field last season and in the first four games of this season isn't at a high level. There might be a fan revolt if the Browns give him a lucrative, multi-year contract.
It might be best for both sides if Edwards and the Browns part ways. It looked like a happy marriage two seasons ago when he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns, but the relationship has soured almost as fast as the Greg Norman-Chris Evert love affair.
Edwards never seemed to be a comfortable fit in Cleveland from the moment he was drafted. When he was introduced to the media in April of 2005, he said he knew he would be drafted by a cold-weather team. He probably wished it had been a cold place like New York City, where he could use his looks and love of the club scene to be part of the "in" crowd.
Can't you see Braylon sitting next to Spike Lee at courtside of a New York Knicks' game? Then perhaps Billy Crystal might snuggle up and tell him, ''You look marvelous.''
Instead, Braylon is stuck in Cleveland, where the nightlife is like Hooterville compared to the bright lights of the "Big Apple." Prospect Avenue Broadway? Are you kidding me?
The best he can do now is courtside at a Cavs' game, where he can at least get close to LeBron.
The way LeBron talked when asked about the nightclub incident, there apparently isn't much of a connection between the two athletes. Any chances of LeBron's people getting together with Braylon's people so the two can do lunch is doubtful.
What Edwards needs to do is stay away from Prospect Avenue at 2:30 a.m. and concentrate on football. The mantra of all coaches is that nothing good happens at 2:30 in the morning unless the library is open.
I don't think Edwards had the Dewey Decimal System on his mind last Sunday.