Why the New York Jets Need to Sign Braylon Edwards

Sam QuinnContributor IIIJuly 29, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots with Braylon Edwards #17 during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It's not exactly a secret that the Jets don't have an elite passing game, but reports out of training camp so far have only exacerbated the problems.

Rex Ryan called out second-year receiver Jeremy Kerley earlier today, and in passing drills Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow went only 2-for-14 largely due to a lack of separation from their pass catchers.  

It's time for the Jets to call an old friend. It's time for them to bring back Braylon Edwards.

Don't get me wrong, Edwards doesn't solve everything. He has major knee issues that may or may not be resolved, and he was never a legitimate No. 1 receiver in New York.

But he has chemistry with Mark Sanchez. It won't take him long to readjust to being a Jet, especially given how badly last year went after he left.

Other than Santonio Holmes the Jets' receivers are young. Stephen Hill is going to need time to adjust to the NFL game, and Jeremy Kerley didn't exactly light the world on fire last year.

Braylon Edwards would be a great stopgap while the young guys get ready to contribute. He can hold down Stephen Hill's future spot.

We also know that he's fine taking a secondary role in the offense. He played second fiddle to Holmes in 2010 in a run-based offense. He legitimately wanted to come back, but it just wasn't in the cards.

But now it makes perfect sense. He'll likely come for the minimum salary as a free agent considering his injury issues and lack of production last year.

At the very least, the Jets need to ask themselves why not? What is the downside to bringing Edwards in for a workout? An extra million dollars out of Woody Johnson's pocket is well worth the potential benefits of adding Edwards.

Edwards doesn't fix the entire offense; in fact he may be nothing more than a disappointment considering his injuries, but he's a risk worth taking.