As free agency quickly approaches, the Jets are seriously considering bringing back veteren receiver Braylon Edwards according to the Daily News. Edwards served as a large contributor to the Jets’ back-to-back AFC Championship appearances however, his off the field issues and contract dispute led both parties to part ways.
The Jets struggles on offense were magnifyed last season with receivers struggling to gain separation that supplemented inconsistent performances from the quarterback and offensive line. Edwards size, speed and blocking ability would be a welcome return however, there is some risk to that.
Edwards was charged with a DWI in 2010 and after his departure from New York, realizing he wasn’t going to get a contract similar to Holmes’, he and his entourage were involved in a scuffle at a bar in Michigan. With few teams interested in his services, Edwards signed an incentive-laden deal with the 49ers however his production was limited as a knee injury shut him down for the majority of the season before the 9ers released him outright.
If Edwards were willing to return at a reasonable price, clean up his act and had no lingering effects from injuries, then I would be open for him to return. The Jets were sorely lacking a deep threat with Burress unable to gain consistent separation and Edwards didn’t seem to have a problem catching Mark Sanchez’s passes like Burress has supposedly said in private. His return wouldn’t necessarily deter the Jets from seeking out a wide receiver in the draft but it wouldn’t be a high priority.