Jets finally land their deep threat in Edwards
October, 7, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New York Jets finally acquired the big-play receiver they've been trying to locate for months.
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|The Jets hope Braylon Edwards is able to enhance their vertical passing attack.|
In a blockbuster move that further solidifies the Jets as a contender and Mike Tannenbaum as the most daring general manager in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns have unloaded problematic wideout Braylon Edwards for No. 2 Jets receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker and special-teamer Jason Trusnik and two undisclosed draft choices.
Mark Sanchez now has the deep threat the Jets had been trying to obtain for him. Jerricho Cotchery will make a fine second option, an upgrade over what Stuckey offered.
The Browns have had enough of Edwards' act. He has been a problem off the field and could be facing league disciplinary action after a recent alleged altercation outside a Cleveland nightclub.
Edwards has been accused of punching an associate of NBA superstar LeBron James, Cleveland's reigning monarch. We've since discovered Edwards had a brewing off-field rivalry with James, and the alleged assault was "this town isn't big enough for the both of us" move.
New York is plenty big enough, especially with Plaxico Burress behind bars.
I'm only half-joking when I wonder out loud if Cleveland mayor Frank G. Jackson or Ohio governor Ted Strickland ordered Browns coach Eric Mangini to get rid of Edwards once and for all.
"I've never crossed paths with Braylon before, but it seems like there is a little jealously going on with Braylon and me and my friends," James told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I have no idea why. I've never said anything to Braylon at all. For him to do that I think is very childish. My friend is 130 pounds. Seriously, it is like hitting one of my kids or something like that. It doesn't make sense, but the right people will take care of it."The Plain Dealer noted the police report listed the man Edwards punched is 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds. Edwards is listed at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds.
"It is unfortunate that some guys don't understand that," James said. "You are a role model to kids, and you should carry yourself that way on and off the field."But from a football standpoint, Jets fans should be thrilled.
They didn't give up much with Stuckey, a reliable No. 2 receiver who has 11 receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown through four games.
Edwards hasn't been too involved in the Browns' struggling offense, but his abilities are beyond his number so far: 10 receptions for 139 yards and zero touchdowns. Two years ago, he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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