Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Jets, Edwards have awkward reunion
By James Walker
Receiver Braylon Edwards recently called the New York Jets "idiots." Those same "idiots," presumably Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and his staff, claimed Edwards off waivers Tuesday.
No team welcomes drama more than those zany Jets. They could have added any receiver on the open market, but the Jets zeroed in on the receiver who recently ripped the team. It was a classic Jets move. New York did a similar move earlier this year with Jason Hill, who ripped the Jets and captain Darrelle Revis in 2011.
Should the Jets be applauded for swallowing their pride with Edwards? Or is this another desperate move that adds only to the Jets' "circus" reputation?
Edwards seemed happy about the reunion in New York.
"It feels great to be going home," Edwards tweeted. "Thanks to all of Jet Nation that continuously supported me and pushed for me. I'm back and it's go time."
On the field, New York is only one game out of the final wild-card spot in the AFC with three weeks left. The Jets are taking their shot with Edwards, who can’t be worse than what they already have.
But Jets fans should not expect the Edwards of 2010. He is two years older and suffered multiple injuries since leaving New York. Edwards also has to learn a new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Edwards has three weeks to make an impact with the Jets. Tannenbaum proved that he is willing to move past their feud by claiming Edwards. Now, it's Edwards' turn to bury the hatchet and perform.