It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But mainly, it was mediocre and irrelevant times. The latter are perhaps the most obvious reasons behind the Seahawks' decision to waive wide receiver Braylon Edwards yesterday, ending a stint in Seattle nearly as unmemorable as it was short.
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Interestingly, Seattle's decision to part ways with Edwards came only one day after the (now-former) Seahawk took to Twitter to defend his one-time teammate and quarterback Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets, a social media decision at least one ESPN writer thinks may have played a part in his unceremonious ouster.
Edwards caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown during his 10 regular season games with Seattle. I suppose the only silver lining for Edwards at this point is he made some money while playing for the Hawks, and had a more lasting impact than his training camp counterpart Terrell Owens ... which isn't exactly saying much.
As mentioned above, prior to his release yesterday, Edwards took to Twitter on Monday to defend Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez, whose overall shittiness has led many to question his abilities and his status as a starting NFL quarterback.
From Edwards' Twitter feed:
Don't blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will probe it when given a proper chance— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) December 4, 2012
Edwards' indignation lasted about 11 hours, before he tweeted out this apology:
I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst.Mark is a friend and former teammate, who I...— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) December 4, 2012
...wholeheartedly support.Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for.— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) December 4, 2012
Could this set of tweets have led to Edwards' demise in Seattle? As unlikely as it seems, at least one ESPN writer, Rich Cimini, thinks it may have played a part.
From a piece by Cimini titled "Braylon, foot in mouth, gets boot":
Edwards, who referred to the Jets' front office as "idiots" for the way it has treated Sanchez, was released Tuesday by the Seahawks. He was waived/injured.
Coincidence? Probably not.
Looking for evidence to back up those claims? So was I. But Cimini didn't really offer any.
By Tuesday night, Edwards was saying goodbye to Seattle via his favorite social media platform.
Business is business. My knee is great, im in tip top shape, make plays everyday in practice, ready to make them on someones field. Progress— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) December 5, 2012
I love the seahawks and 12th man, couldve retired here, but life happens...u gotta roll with it. Now time for GOD's next challenge for me..— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) December 5, 2012
Let's look back on Edwards' one shining moment in Seattle: his lone touchdown catch against New England in October (it's the first one in the video below).
Goodbye, Braylon Edwards. Seattle will miss you.