Braylon Edwards lands in San Francisco

One of the few remaining big-name players that was on the free-agent market has found a home.

Braylon Edwards, who had hoped to hit a home run in free agency, instead had to opt for a prove-it deal. He has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will pay him $3.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Edwards has expressed a desire to remain with the New York Jets but it quickly became apparent that wouldn’t happen. Now, he’ll be paired up with a quarterback in Alex Smith who is trying to make it work for new coach Jim Harbaugh while staving off second-round draft pick Colin Kaepernick.

It’s going to be a challenge for Edwards, but if he can perform well and keep his record clean, perhaps he’ll find free agency more rewarding in March.

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