Las Vegas Raiders trade 7th-round WR Bryan Edwards to Atlanta Falcons for fifth-round pick in 2023 NFL Draft
HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders traded wide receiver Bryan Edwards and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 draft to the Atlanta Falcons for their fifth-round pick next year, the teams announced Friday.
Edwards, 23, has 45 catches for 764 yards and four touchdowns in 28 career games (15 starts) since being selected by the Raiders in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Las Vegas, under new general manager Dave Ziegler and new coach Josh McDaniels, viewed Edwards as expendable after acquiring two-time All-Pro Davante Adams in March to join Pro Bowler Hunter Renfrow. The team also signed Mack Hollins, Demarcus Robinson and Keelan Cole in free agency as part of the wide receiver room overhaul.
Cole signed a one-year, $1.2675 million contract with Las Vegas on Thursday that included a $150,000 signing bonus, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates.
With Edwards gone, the Raiders have only two of their seven 2020 draft picks left on the roster: offensive lineman John Simpson, a fourth-round pick who started all 17 games at guard. left last season, and cornerback Amik Robertson, who was picked 30 times after Simpson and started two of 18 career games.
First rounds Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette were both cut. Lynn Bowden, who took a spot after Edwards, was traded before playing in a regular season game, and Tanner Muse, drafted 19 picks after Bowden, spent his rookie season on injured reserve and was released before play a game.
The Falcons, meanwhile, needed to add to their receiving depth after drafting Drake London with the No. 8 pick last month. Edwards could end up being No. 2 on the depth chart, as Auden Tate and Olamide Zaccheaus are their most experienced receivers.
Atlanta over the past two years has traded Julio Jones to Tennessee, had Calvin Ridley suspended indefinitely for play and lost Russell Gage in free agency to Tampa Bay.
The Falcons also have one of the largest passing groups in the NFL. Tight end Kyle Pitts is 6-foot-6, London is 6-5, running back Cordarrelle Patterson is 6-2, Tate is 6-5 and Edwards is 6-3.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.