Braylon Edwards has run a route from Michigan to Cleveland to New York to San Francisco.
It hasn’t been a perfect route. Sometimes the big wide receiver has run a zig when he should’ve run a zag, ruffling feathers with things he’s said or doing things he shouldn’t have done.
But there’s no doubt Edwards, 28, is a playmaker and the kind of big target the 49ers were seeking to team with Michael Crabtree.
“I think he’s hungry,” coach Jim Harbaugh told the San Jose Mercury News after the team signed Edwards last week to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. “He wants to be here and that was exciting for us.”
Last year with the Jets, Edwards caught 53 balls for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. But when the Jets chose to re-sign Santonio Holmes instead of Edwards, he suddenly found himself on the open market.
Edwards told Sports Illustrated Monday that he narrowed his choice to Arizona and San Francisco, then chose the Niners for less money because he believes he can team with Crabtree to do big things, saying, “This is where I was supposed to be.”
To the 49ers -- and the fans who cheered his every move in Monday’s practice –his words have been encouraging.
“Even though I signed a one-year deal I don’t see this as a stop on Braylon’s World Tour,” he told SI’s Jim Trotter. “I plan on shutting it down here if things go right … I can see myself being a No. 1 here. I can see there being two No. 1s here, myself and Crabtree. We could go after each other and make each other better.”