The New York Jets have signed Braylon Edwards according to multiple reports.
The signing comes on the heels of many fans and players clamoring for general manager John Idzik to acquire veteran help for the largely young and unproven receiving corps. One of those players is newly signed Kellen Winslow Jr. who sent out a tweet requesting for his former teammate to be brought back for another New York stint.
Winslow Jr. sent out a tweet on Monday using the hash tag “#BringBraylonBack”. Upon hearing news that management had secured the free agent wide out, Winslow Jr. responded with another tweet “BRAYLONISBACK”.
While it is unusual to see on-field personnel influence the decisions of management, Winslow Jr. took the initiative to try and bring his former Cleveland Brown teammate back into the locker room. It is no secret that the Jets do not have the highest expectations this upcoming season. The quarterback controversy is still a factor as many believe that Mark Sanchez will not last for longer than halfway through the season. Furthermore, the receiving corps is largely unproven. Stephen Hill is entering his sophomore season and was plagued with an injury that hindered his success last season. Meanwhile, the receiving corps took another huge blow as Santonio Holmes was placed on the PUP list and may not be ready to start the season. With Holmes sidelined, Jeremy Kerley has emerged as the No. 1 option.
On a positive note, the recently signed Edwards enjoyed success with the Jets in 2010 when he finished the year with just over 900 yards and seven touchdowns. His success made him an instant fan favorite and his personality made him beloved in the locker room. Between the Seahawks and Jets last season, Edwards had 18 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.
His time with the Jets only saw him play three games but he recorded just over 12 yards per reception in that time. With Edwards back in the fold, the Jets have one more weapon to try and redeem a lost 2012 season. While many may scold Winslow Jr. for his decision to try and play agent over the internet, perhaps he may have found his calling as a front office man after his tenure in the NFL is over.