Update: Browns sign Edwards
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Edwards, who switched to wide receiver, caught five passes for 121 yards during his four seasons with the Panthers. All of his receptions were last season, including an 80-yard reception against the Washington Redskins.
Edwards was drafted in the third round, No. 89th overall, of the 2010 draft. He was used as a kickoff returner last season and a punt returner in 2010, but averaged just a 7.0 average on 36 punts returned.
Edwards averaged 19.7 yards per kickoff return.
Edwards played the 2011-12 season for current Browns head coach Rod Chudzinski when the coach was offensive coordinator.
"He's a guy that I have familiarity with and has familiarity with the system," Chudzinski told the Cleveland Plain Dealer." He can play multiple positions as a receiver. Also, he's a returner, and has been a punt returner and kickoff returner, as well. With losing Travis the other day, he fills in those positions, those roles for us.
"We're hoping that sometimes a new start, a fresh start, can help guys."
Edwards led Appalachian State to a pair of Football Championship Subdivision national championships in 2006-07. He also led Appalachian State to a 34-32 victory over then No. 5 Michigan.
That win made him popular in Ohio and in particular, with Ohio State fans who delighted in Michigan's loss to the FCS team. Many fans from Ohio called the Appalachian State bookstore looking for App State t-shirts.
"Michigan is a great win that the world knew, but people don't realize I was part of two national championships and we lost only two conference games in my four years," Edwards said.
Edwards was signed after the Browns lost receiver and kick returner Travis Benjamin to a season-ending knee injury. Edwards has played in 38 NFL games.