Edwards' availability bonus for 49ers

Braylon Edwards' guilty plea on a DUI charge will cost him as little as 2.3 percent of his projected salary for 2011.

Edwards, fined $50,000 by the NFL, will be available to the San Francisco 49ers in the regular-season opener, putting to rest concerns a suspension might keep him off the field. He can earn $2.1 million in salary and incentives on a one-year contract this season.

Edwards was the 49ers' most impressive receiver through training camp, in my view. He caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns with the New York Jets last season. Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice are the only 49ers receivers to reach those marks in a single season since 1991.

Edwards' off-field issues hurt his value. His on-field potential and relatively low salary make him one of the more intriguing free-agent additions in the NFC West this offseason. I'll be interested in seeing how his production stacks up against production for higher-priced receivers in the division, notably Seattle's Sidney Rice.