Why are Jets interested in Trent Edwards?

ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini analyzes the New York Jets' interest in quarterback Trent Edwards, whom the Buffalo Bills waived Monday morning.

Cimini points out the appeal goes beyond merely grabbing a knowledgeable player the week the Jets play his former team. Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum collects quarterbacks like one of his mentors, Ron Wolf, did.

The Jets carried four quarterbacks -- Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, Kevin O'Connell -- on their roster last year.

They have four again this year if you count O'Connell on injured reserve. Mark Brunell is their primary backup this year, with Clemens the third-stringer. Both are on one-year contracts, meaning the Jets could use a long-term backup option for Sanchez.

Cimini writes:

Edwards, too, is in the final year of his contract, so there are no guarantees, but at least he has some redeeming qualities. Sure, he has flaws (in Buffalo, they call him Captain Checkdown), but his starting record is 14-16 -- an accomplishment for any quarterback who plays for the Bills.