Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards, UFA
In many ways the 2011 NFL season was a disappointment for both the New York Jets and their former wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Jets, who were plagued by inner turmoil, watched the drama of the postseason unfold from their leather-bound couches. The San Francisco 49ers advanced to the NFC Championship game, but Edwards was plagued by knee and shoulder injuries and subsequently waived on December 27th, 2011. Both Edwards and the Jets missed out on the playoffs, but could a reunion produce a third playoff appearance in four years for Rex Ryan and Gang Green?
It’s not a coincidence that New York’s two AFC championship berths coincided with Edwards’ integral role with the offense. Mark Sanchez developed a strong rapport with the lanky wide out en route to four postseason wins. During his two seasons with the Green and White, Edwards hauled in 88 receptions, 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns in 28 games. Currently rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee, Edwards is looking for a free agent landing spot as injuries curtailed his 2011 campaign.
Given the likely departure of Plaxico Burress, the Jets are actively seeking a replacement to play opposite Santonio Holmes. Second-year receiver Jeremy Kerley will start at the slot position and wideouts Patrick Turner and Chaz Schilens are slated in backup roles on the depth chart. As the Jets comb the 2012 draft class for viable receiving talent, pundits have indicated that this year’s class lacks top flight impact receivers. Edwards is not drawing strong interest from any teams during the current free agent period, but could be a valuable addition to New York for a small price. As the Jets aim to reclaim postseason glory, Edwards’ return to New York could be just what the doctor ordered.
The Quote to Note:
"Braylon played extremely well the two years he was here," said head coach Rex Ryan. "I always thought Braylon was a tremendous worker on the practice field, and he only dropped one pass I remember his last year."
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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