One of the ex-Raider pass catchers to follow Derek Carr to New Orleans, Bryan Edwards will not stick around with the Saints. The team waived the former third-round pick Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.
The Saints gave Edwards a $1.1MM deal with no guarantees, putting him on the roster bubble at signing. The two-year Raider will not join Foster Moreau on the Saints’ 53-man roster.
Edwards, who spent last season with the Falcons, joined a Saints receiving corps housing Chris Olave, Michael Thomas, Rashid Shaheed, Tre’Quan Smith, Lynn Bowden and sixth-round rookie A.T. Perry. The team also brought back Keith Kirkwood this summer, though he is not exactly a roster lock. This early exit will give Edwards a chance to find a spot elsewhere, potentially on a practice squad.
A 6-foot-3 wideout chosen in the 2020 third round, Edwards produced for a Raiders team that lost Henry Ruggs midway through the 2021 season. Edwards caught 34 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns that year, but not long after hiring Josh McDaniels as head coach, the Silver and Black traded Edwards to the Falcons. The South Carolina product did not catch on in Atlanta, catching just three passes and being waived in November. Edwards then spent time on the Chiefs’ practice squad.
Thomas’ health history brings questions regarding the Saints’ receiving corps, which lost Jarvis Landry this offseason. The former All-Pro remains healthy at this point, however, with Shaheed expected to again play a major role on offense. The Saints obtained Perry via the pick they received from the Broncos in the draft-weekend Adam Trautman trade.