The buildup to Braylon's banishment
There is tremendous hidden value in the New York Jets' acquistion of wide receiver Braylon Edwards. This season, New York will pay Edwards $3.85 million. In what is expected to be an uncapped year next season, New York's tender to Edwards would be $5.55 million. That means, for 28 games over two seasons, the Jets would get Edwards for $9.4 million -- less than the wide receiver franchise tag of $9.884 million. So, basically, the Jets are getting Edwards on sale.
Fittingly, Braylon Edwards' first game as a Jet will come Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, the team that came closest to dealing for the wide receiver during the offseason. Before the NFL draft in April, the Dolphins pondered a deal that would have brought them Edwards and sent running back Ronnie Brown to the Cleveland Browns. Ultimately, the Dolphins decided against the deal, believing Brown was too much to give up in return for Edwards. Interestingly, the proposed trade pitted the second and third overall picks from the 2005 draft, in which Brown went No. 2 to Miami and Edwards No. 3 to Cleveland. For a brief period in the spring, it looked as though Edwards might be landing in Miami, not New York, in which case he would have been playing Monday against the Jets rather than for them.To read more about Edwards' fall from favor in Cleveland and more on the Michael Crabtree saga, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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