Rapid Reaction: Braylon's back

December, 11, 2012
12/11/12
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A quickie analysis on the Jets' decision to acquire WR Braylon Edwards on waivers -- one week after he bashed the organization on Twitter:

1. This reminds me of the famous line from "The Godfather" movie: "It's not personal, it's just business." Obviously, the Jets didn't take it personally when Edwards, in a reckless Twitter moment, defended embattled QB Mark Sanchez by tweeting: "Blame the idiots calling the shots." For the Jets, it's just business. They need a wide receiver, and Edwards, trying to salvage his once-promising career, needs a job. It's a marriage of convenience.

2. Frankly, I think it sends a bad message, welcoming back a player who insulted the organization. I understand the business aspect, but there has to be some pride, right? I know people around the league are scratching their heads. Said one AFC personnel executive: "That [Twitter comment] would be a deal-breaker for me." You half-wonder if they did it for the publicity.

3. They have only two healthy receivers with legitimate NFL experience -- Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens. Stephen Hill (sprained knee) and Clyde Gates (concussions) are out indefinitely. Edwards doesn't know Tony Sparano's offense, but he could be available for spot duty, lining up outside in three-receiver packages. He also blocks well, and we know how much they like blocking receivers.

4. Is the guy even healthy? Edwards was waived/injured last week (shortly after his Twitter bombshell), which means he didn't pass the Seahawks' exit physical. He has been dealing with knee issues the past two years, so he comes with a buyer-beware label.

5. I think Jets fans are way off base if they're expecting to see the old Braylon. Wake up, this isn't 2010, when he, Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery formed a terrific trio. Edwards has played only 19 games over the past two seasons, making only 23 receptions. He's a shell of the player who recorded 904 yards and a 17.1-yard average in 2010.

6. People might be wondering, why acquire Edwards now and not Plaxico Burress earlier in the season? There's a two-part answer: First of all, the Jets' desperation level has peaked. Secondly, it all comes back to Sanchez. This organization bends over backward to appease Sanchez and it was concerned that Burress would stunt his development, perhaps thinking his presence would remind Sanchez of last season's turmoil. Sanchez and Edwards have a good rapport. In fact, Edwards attended Sanchez's "Jets West" camp in Southern California during the 2011 lockout. At the time, Edwards was a free agent, not knowing if he'd be back. And now he is.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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