Raiders, Falcons Trade Grades: Bryan Edwards Treated Atlanta Like Wide Receiver Vegas Parts, Per Report

After Bryan Edwards spent two years in Las Vegas, the Raiders trade the receiver to the Falcons. according to the Las Vegas Review Journal† The Raiders traded Edwards along with a 2023 seventh round roster to the Falcons in exchange for a fifth round pick in next year’s draft. according to ESPN.

Edwards, a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, caught 45 passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns during his two seasons in Las Vegas. In 16 games last season, Edwards caught 34 of 59 goals for 571 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 16.8 yards per catch. He caught three passes for 41 yards in the Raiders’ wild card playoff loss to the Bengals.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Edwards crossed the 80-yard receiving barrier three times last season. He played an integral part in the Raiders’ playoff win over the Chargers in Week 18, when he caught four of five goals for 63 yards.

Edwards played collegiately in South Carolina, where he caught 234 passes for 3,045 yards and 22 touchdowns over four seasons. He also returned 12 punts averaging 11.6 yards per return.

Edwards will take part in a Falcons offensive that will include first-round rookie Drake London, former Bengals receivers Auden Tate, veteran widespread Damiere Byrd and running back/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Edwards will reunite with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who served as a backup to Derek Carr in Las Vegas for the past two seasons.

These are our first figures for the trade Edwards sent to Atlanta.

Falcons: A-

Edwards is not a star, but he is a young (turning 24 in November) yet experienced player who should be entering his most prolific seasons. He also adds depth to a Falcons receiving corps devoid of a veteran of a big name. Edwards’ experience with Mariota, along with the fact that he still plays under a team-friendly rookie contract, led to the high trade rate.

Raiders: B

The timing of this trade is somewhat odd, with the free agency season largely over and minicamp just around the corner. Las Vegas also didn’t get much in return for a player who should be having his best time. The Raiders certainly have receiver depth, with Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow, Demarcus Robinson and Keelan Cole in tow, so losing Edwards won’t hurt them unless there are multiple injuries to their receiving corps during the season. The Raiders will lose about $2.7 million in cap space over the next two years by moving Edwards to Atlanta.

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