Falcons Acquire Wideout Bryan Edwards in a Trade with Las Vegas

Bryan Edwards #89 during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Las Vegas Raiders in 2021
Bryan Edwards #89 during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Las Vegas Raiders in 2021. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/Shutterstock (12452562ba)

On Friday, the Atlanta Falcons added to their wide receiver corps by making a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders for the third-year wideout Bryan Edwards. In order to get their man, the Falcons sent a 2023 fifth-rounder to Las Vegas. As part of the deal, Atlanta is also getting a seven-round selection.

Edwards, who was the Raiders’ 81st overall pick two years ago, had a solid 2021 campaign in which he made 34 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns. Overall, he has 764 receiving yards and four TDs as a pro.

Despite showing potential last season, Edwards became dispensable after the Raiders decided to revamp their WR room under new head coach Josh McDaniels. Las Vegas team previously acquired star wideout Davante Adams in a blockbuster trade with the Green Bay Packers while also signing several veterans in free agency, including Mack Hollins and Demarcus Robinson.

On the other hand, Atlanta will welcome Bryan Edwards with arms wide open. The team lacks depth in the WR position after losing Russell Gage to free agency and Calvin Ridley to a suspension earlier in the offseason. This leaves a clear path for the 23-year-old player to play a prominent role on the offense in 2022. 

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