ESPN.com and the New York Daily News report that trade talks between the New York Giants and the Browns over receiver Braylon Edwards are virtually dead.
The Daily News said Giants general manager Jerry Reese told the Browns he won't surrender their first-round pick (No. 29 overall) for Edwards, and the Browns do not seem to want to budge off that stance.
The Giants were willing to give up second- and fifth-rounders for Edwards, who would replace No. 1 receiver Plaxico Burress, released on April 3. The Browns want a first- and third-rounder and had reportedly asked for defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, which was quickly rebuffed as a deal-breaker by the Giants.
Reese and Browns general manager George Kokinis talked in February about a possible deal, but didn't find much common ground. According to the Daily News, the Giants will not pursue Arizona's Anquan Boldin and now plan to draft a receiver at No. 29 or move up to get one.
It may not be related to the status of their talks with the Giants, but the Browns have scheduled a workout with University of Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey for Friday morning, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Heyward-Bey is not projected to go as high as the fifth overall pick, so some might suggest this late trip to College Park, Md., could indicate the Browns may be working on a trade to move down.