Braylon-to-Giants rumors swirl

I sat down at the laptop ready to blog about the schedule release, but there's another story that caught my attention.

There are conflicting reports concerning a possible trade, which would send Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the Giants.

Let's round 'em up.

We'll start with Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, who went as far as to say the Giants are expected to land Edwards before the draft.

“The Giants are going to have to up the offer a bit, but [the Browns] are willing to move him,” a source told Cole.

“The Giants are motivated, they’re trying to win right now,” a source added. “Edwards is a bigger guy that [quarterback] Eli [Manning] wants to throw to, like he had with Plaxico. The Giants know they can’t leave Eli with no great receivers. They saw what happened last year.”

By my count, that report surfaced a little before 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News then reported that the Giants and Browns have re-opened discussions, and the talks are more substantial now than ever. A source tells Vacchiano that the Browns are eager to make a deal.

That report was published around 3:20 p.m.

However, since then, a couple of outlets have gone the other way.

Mike Florio of wrote at 5:26 p.m. that his source tells him a deal is currently unlikely. Florio writes that the trade won't happen unless the Browns lower their asking price and Edwards cuts his contractual expectations.

Tom Rock of Newsday reports that the teams are talking, but a deal is "not a probability" and the Giants will not overpay.

Yesterday we wrote about a National Football Post report that said the Browns had a No. 1 pick on the table for Edwards from one team. According to Rock, the Giants are not that team.

So that's where we stand right now. But I'll be back as soon as the latest rumor surfaces. Plus I've had NFL Network on in the background this whole time so you'll get some thoughts on the schedule.

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