The Jets traded for Braylon Edwards back in October of 2009. Edwards gave the Jets a much needed receiving threat and a hard worker. Edwards fit in perfectly with the Jets and went on to enjoy some of his best days as an NFL wide receiver with "Gang Green."
However, he was eventually on his way out of New York. The Jets made the decision to pass on Edwards last year for Plaxico Burress. Fresh out of jail, Burress was on a mission to make the Jets look smart for letting Edwards go.
Burress put up very nice numbers, while Edwards suffered through a very disappointing season with the 49ers. It seemed as if the Jets made the right move, but the truth doesn't always lie behind the stats.
Despite Burress' stats, he just wasn't a good fit with New York as Mark Sanchez never managed to build up a good rapport with his new receiver.
Burress is a free agent at the moment and won't be returning to the Jets.
Edwards has been on the market for a while now, but he has been generating some activity. The Cincinnati Bengals have interest in Braylon, along with the New York Jets. When asked of a possible return of Edwards, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said "I would not rule him out" according to Bob Glauber of Newsday.
Tannenbaum said that before the NFL draft, where the Jets selected Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill in the second round. This might hinder New York's chances of bringing back their former wideout, but the possibility is still there.
Should the New York Jets bring Braylon Edwards back?
Edwards will come cheap to his new team this season, due to his injury riddled 2011 season. Signing him would be a nice low-risk, high-reward move for any team.
A team can never have enough depth at the wide receiver position and Mike Tannenbaum knows that. Edwards spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Jets and he managed to rack up 1,500 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
He was truly a force in the New York Jets' offense and his return would be welcome. Edwards is also familiar with the spotlight of the Big Apple and has pretty good chemistry with Mark Sanchez.
An Edwards/Holmes wide receiver tandem could be very effective. Chaz Schillens was also signed by the Jets this offseason. If he can stay healthy, then he will have his presence felt on this team. Pair those three players with young Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner and Stephen Hill, and the Jets will have themselves a very nice receiving corps. Edwards can also help mentor the young receivers, making this a great all around move for the Jets.