Edwards says Dolphins lied about their interest
Cleveland's top pick said Miami used him to get more for its pick.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Deception is part of every NFL team's draft strategy, but former Michigan receiver Braylon Edwards feels the Miami Dolphins crossed the line.
"They kind of flat out lied to me," said Edwards, the No. 3 pick taken by the Cleveland Browns, one spot after the Dolphins chose Auburn running back Ronnie Brown.
Edwards is attending the three-day NFL symposium for rookies at PGA National. The entire draft class is being instructed on how to better deal with their changing lifestyles.
"They tried to use me . . . more so the owner and General Manager, Mr. [Rick] Spielman, Mr. [H. Wayne] Huizenga," Edwards said Tuesday.
"They tried to get some buzz out there so they could try to warrant some trades so they could get more for the pick, when Ronnie Brown is who they wanted in the long run.
"I don't like being lied to. I'm a man. Tell me straight out. [They lied to] my face and on the phone. They actually called me right before they picked as well."
Spielman left the Dolphins and team spokesman Harvey Greene said that while Huizenga is kept abreast of major decisions made by upper management, he wasn't directly involved with potential draft picks.
"Wayne wasn't involved in any of our pre-draft activities. Period, " Greene said.
Before the draft, there were rumors the Dolphins might draft Edwards and then trade him for more draft picks.
The Vikings, who owned the seventh and 18th selections and had traded Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss, were believed to be in the market for Edwards.
Also, the Redskins, who held picks at Nos. 9 and 25, respectively, were reportedly interested.
Minnesota took South Carolina receiver Troy Williamson with its seventh pick, while the Redskins didn't draft a receiver until the seventh round.
Edwards said while Dolphins coach Nick Saban also misled him, he didn't hold any ill will toward him.
"The coach has little to do [with it]," Edwards said. "It more so comes from inside, management, so that's why I really don't hold him [responsible].
"Other than that, I feel blessed I'm in the situation I'm in Cleveland where I love my teammates, a good organization, a new beginning, Coach [Romeo] Crennel.
"I got over it real quick. I was a little hurt, but as soon as Cleveland called my name I was right back at it."
Edwards said that since the Indianapolis combine he and Brown have become good friends, and he is looking forward to Nov. 20 when the Dolphins play the Browns in Cleveland.
"I wish the players and their team good luck and when we see them -- they're in trouble," Edwards said.