It was a little over a year ago when receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards performed their “flyboy” routine following the Jets 28-21 upset win over the New England Patriots in the AFC’s divisional playoffs.
A lot has changed since that fateful day as locker room dissension and poor team chemistry derailed New York’s chances of making another title push in 2011. Santonio Holmes was “flying solo” last season as he alienated himself from teammates and developed a reputation as a “problem child” in the media and amongst fans of the Green and White.
As the dust finally settles from the Jets implosion, the front office may turn to a familiar face to alleviate the team’s chemistry issues. While Edwards was far from a “choir boy” during his seven year playing career, the exuberant wideout seemed to have a positive impact on Holmes and the offense’s camaraderie.
Edwards joined the resurgent San Francisco 49ers for the 2011 season, but his surgically repaired right knee hampered his play and he was waived on December 27, five days prior to the team's season finale against St. Louis.
The Jets are reportedly interested in bringing the wide receiver back into the mix, assuming Edwards is fully healthy and willing to accept an incentive laden contract with a low guarantee.
With the likely departure of free agent Plaxico Burress, Gang Green is lacking a big physical receiving target down near the red zone. While Burress proved his worth inside the red zone, the formerly incarcerated wideout struggled to create separation in the open field.
The Jets are hopeful Edwards can return to his 2010 form, a season during which he hauled in 53 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. New York is looking to conjure up the good karma that carried them to two consecutive AFC title game appearances.
As Burress salivates at the prospect of playing with Michael Vick in Philadelphia, he'll be leaving behind his No. 17 jersey. Many Green and White diehards hope Edwards makes his return to New York not only to reclaim his No. 17, but to resurrect the team's title hopes as well.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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