We all know after last season and the way it ended that the New York Jets would be looking to make a few changes. They have a few good wide receivers, Santonio Holmes being one of the notable ones, but left the door open for another. They signed wide receiver Stephen Hill in this year’s draft but a veteran is what they needed most.
Rumors were circulating for a while that the Jets were looking into signing veteran WR Braylon Edwards who played for them from 2009-2010 and was later cut. Many wondered if his run in with the law was a bit too much for the Jets to handle. During his time in New York Edwards was arrested for a DUI and was still on probation for an incident that happened back in October 2009 while he played for the Cleveland Browns. He was later picked up by the San Francisco 49ers for a one-year contract worth $1 million plus a $2.5 million incentive bonus but later suffered a knee injury in week 2 that cost him the rest of the season including the team’s playoff run. The 49ers cut Edwards and he never had a chance at the bonuses. He decided to spend 100% of time rehabbing his knee instead of signing with a team during the off-season.
After Edwards was said to be ‘as good as new’, rumors started circulating on teams that were interested in him. The Jets were one of those teams and left the open the possibility of re-signing Edwards. The New York Post reported that the team wanted to go through minicamp first to see how their current group of wide receivers looked and it seems that they are happy with the squad for the moment. They are even willing to take a chance with former Oakland Raider Chaz Schilens who they signed on March 16, 2012, but who has been injury-plagued for quite some time. Their current wide receivers are Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hil, Chaz Schilens, Demarcus Ganaway, Dexter Jackson, Scotty McKnight, Royce Pollard, Patrick Turner, Jordan White and Jeremy Kerley. It is highly unlikely that all of these players will make the team’s final roster.
Edwards is 29 years old but I think he is still a good WR and still has a least one or two more years in the league. If he can avoid getting into any more trouble off the field and get back to how he was in his early Browns days and even his first year playing with the Jets he might be able to do some damage on the field. Good Luck to Mr. Edwards!