After a false start, apparently Braylon Edwards has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns. Now his fate is out of the hands of his agent and the Browns front office. It is in the hands of Head Coach Romeo Crennel. On Wednesday, Romeo said that he would be somewhere below former Toledo wide receiver Lance Moore on the depth chart.
That is part of the mental aspect of the game of football. With the first exhibition game coming up on Saturday against the New York Giants, Crennel has some choices, and his veteran players will be watching. Last year, Butch Davis gave first pick holdout Kellen Winslow, Jr. a slap on the wrist, demoting him for the first practice, then moving him up to the first unit for the second practice. Obviously, Edwards will be the starter for the regular season opener against Cincinnati, and he will need plenty of work with the first unit, along with Trent Dilfer, but Dilfer probably won't see more than one quarter of action in the first exhibition game.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if Crennel waits until the third or final exhibition game before officially naming Edwards to the starting lineup, after he has given everyone enough time to see just how good he is, and that he deserves it based on performance rather than the contract he has just received.