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Edwards to Giants: It's still possible


Edwards to Giants: It's still possible
Browns INSIDER


Every day there's a new slant on the prospects of a Braylon Edwards trade to the New York Giants.

Here's the chronological rundown:

* Browns originally asked for outside linebacker Matthias Kiwanuka. Giants said no way.

* Giants offered second- and fifth-round picks plus a choice of receivers Domenik Hixon or Mario Manningham. Browns countered by asking for the picks and receiver Steve Smith. Giants said no.

* Browns asked for first- and third-round picks. Giants said no.

Some media outlets are now reporting the deal is dead.

But consider the following:

* The Browns continue to schedule last-minute workouts with receivers projected to go in the vicinity of the Giants' No. 1 pick, the 29th overall. The latest will occur today, according to the Baltimore Sun, with Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland. They also have a workout today with Kenny Britt of Rutgers and previously worked out Georgia's Mohamed Massaquoi.

* Edwards has been conspicuously absent from the Browns' off-season conditioning program.

It may be Braylon being Braylon, or it may be that the Browns don't want him suffering an injury before a trade.

Centers of attention: Because of their myriad needs, the Browns will be handicapped to do much this weekend unless they improve on their current allotment of five draft picks. So pulling off some trades to stockpile picks is a priority.

While much of the pre-draft attention has been focused on making upgrades at pass rusher, receiver, running back and safety, the Browns coaches are said to be fixed on adding a center. They want to replace Hank Fraley with a center more powerful at the point of attack.

The best centers in this draft - Alex Mack of California, Eric Wood of Louisville and Max Unger of Oregon - are expected to fall like dominoes toward the bottom of the first round or top of the second round.

The Browns have visited with Wood.

They also have worked out the next-best center, Antoine Caldwell of Alabama, who is projected for the third round.

The Browns don't have a selection in the third round.

Watching Motown: The Detroit Lions' negotiations with their prospective No. 1 pick, Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, bears watching. The Lions want a deal in place before naming their top pick and supposedly have a deal, or are close to getting one, with Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry as leverage.

If the Stafford talks collapse and Curry becomes Detroit's pick, the Lions very well could re-enter the market for a veteran quarterback. And they know that Derek Anderson's big arm fits their planned new offense to a quot;T.quot;

The Browns would take about a $9 million hit on their salary cap if Anderson were traded, but they have the room to absorb it.

Besides the No. 1 overall pick, the Lions own picks at No. 20 and No. 33.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: tgrossi@plaind.com, 216-999-4670



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Added: April 28, 2009

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