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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Jets bring back Braylon Edwards

By Rich Cimini
ESPNNewYork.com

One week after blasting the New York Jets on Twitter, calling them "idiots," Braylon Edwards is one of them -- again.

The well-traveled wide receiver reunited Tuesday with the Jets, who acquired him on waivers. Edwards was released Monday from the Seattle Seahawks' injury-reserve list.

The Jets were willing to forgive and forget because they're desperate for bodies at receiver. A knee injury to Stephen Hill, coupled with Edwards' release, set the stage for the unlikely reunion.

Edwards took a happier tone on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

"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."

Edwards was a productive player for the Jets in 2009 and 2010, but they opted not to re-sign him. A week ago, he came to the defense of embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez, ripping the organization in a tweet that said: "Don't blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will prove it when given a proper chance."

He apologized in another tweet, calling it an "emotional outburst" and admitting that he "disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for."

A short time later, Edwards was waived/injured, landing on the Seahawks' IR list after he passed through waivers for the first time.

The Jets' depleted receiving corps, already down Santonio Holmes (he suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 4), lost Hill to a knee sprain Sunday in Jacksonville. Clyde Gates, whose role had increased in recent weeks, is out indefinitely with a concussion.

It left them with only two healthy, experienced receivers, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens. They also have journeyman Mardy Gilyard, whom they signed off the street two weeks ago, and rookie Jordan White.

Edwards was one of Sanchez's favorite targets in 2009 and 2010, recording 88 receptions for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns in his two seasons in New York. Since then, he has battled knee issues and his career has declined. He caught 15 passes last season with the San Francisco 49ers and only eight this year with the Seahawks. The Jets reportedly tried to trade for him earlier this season.

"You guys know what I've always said about Braylon in the past, so you know how I feel about him," coach Rex Ryan said Monday, when asked about the possibility of acquiring Edwards. "But right now, I think we'll just focus on the guys we have."

The Jets waived running back Kahlil Bell Tuesday morning to create a roster spot for Edwards.

His recent defense of Sanchez notwithstanding, Edwards took a subtle jab at the quarterback in the preseason, saying he paled in comparison to Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson.

"I see better things," he said, comparing Wilson to Sanchez as a rookie in 2009. "It's his approach. It's very veteran-like. He studies film; he breaks it down. He doesn't approach it like a rookie, and he's not looking for excuses. He's very impressive."