Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Thoughts on Jets, Braylon Edwards
By James Walker
The New York Daily News reports the Jets are interested in bringing back veteran receiver Braylon Edwards. He spent one year in New York in 2010 and had one of his most successful seasons.
Here are some thoughts on Edwards' possible return to New York:
- Edwards would come on the cheap, which is good for the Jets. The former first-round pick has talent but was a free-agent bust last year with the San Francisco 49ers. He suffered a knee injury, caught just 15 passes and was eventually released. The Jets are searching for cap-friendly alternatives, and Edwards could fit. New York could probably get Edwards with a one-year contract to see how he bounces back in 2012.
- Edwards, when healthy, can bring big plays to any offense. He averaged 17.1 yards per reception in 2010 with the Jets. New York's starting receivers Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress combined for just 14 receptions of 20 yards or more last season.
- But injuries should be considered. The Jets can't automatically assume they're getting the Edwards of two years ago. Edwards, 29, had a season-ending knee injury and a shoulder ailment that bothered him in 2011. He didn't look like the same player the Jets had. New York has to do its medical homework to see if Edwards is 100 percent and can get back to his old form.
- Finally, Edwards and Holmes seemed to have good chemistry together. The pair worked off each other well in 2010 and led New York's deep playoff run. Togetherness and teamwork are big catchphrases in New York this offseason after last year's internal implosion. If Edwards can help quarterback Mark Sanchez get on track and open up things for Holmes, it may be worth a look, especially if Edward's price tag is cheap.