New York Jets

After Calling Jets Idiots, Should New York Really Want Braylon Edwards Back?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Wide receiver Braylon Edwards #17 of the Seattle Seahawks stretches before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 13-6.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

The New York Jets find themselves in the 2012 NFL playoff hunt but down a wide receiver with rookie Stephen Hill's injuries, which has prompted the team to consider bringing back Braylon Edwards

For the Jets, the issue is whether or not to bring in a wide receiver freshly released by the Seattle Seahawks who publicly insulted the organization. 

The news that the Jets are interested in Edwards isn't all that shocking from a football standpoint. New York already lacks offensive weapons, and without the speedy Hill on the field, the passing attack could be that much worse. 

When asked about the possibility of bringing back Edwards, Jets head coach Rex Ryan impressively dodged the issue while keeping the door open at the same time (h/t NFL.com):

"You guys know what I've always said about Braylon in the past, so you know how I feel about him," Jets coach Rex Ryan said when asked about acquiring Edwards. "But right now, I think we'll just focus on the guys we have."

This isn't the first time the Jets have attempted to land Edwards, as the team reportedly pursued him via trade with the Seahawks after losing Santonio Holmes earlier in the season (h/t CBS):

According to league sources, the Jets approached the Seahawks earlier this season about trading for Edwards and were serious about the proposition...Edwards was one of the first options they explored, weeks before the trade deadline in Week 8. At the time, the Seahawks still had high hopes for Edwards staying healthy and rounding into form. 

Unfortunately for the Jets, their former receiver doesn't seem all that happy with the way things have gone in New York so far this season. He was especially disgruntled after his former quarterback Mark Sanchez was benched, and took to Twitter to vent his frustrations:

 

Don't blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will probe it when given a proper chance

— Braylon Edwards (@OfficialBraylon) December 4, 2012

 

Edwards would later apologize for his comments, but the damage had been done. Or at least, it had appeared to sever the relationship between the Jets and Edwards. After all, calling the front office and Ryan "idiots" wasn't likely to land Edwards a job with the team again. 

Maybe Edwards was right. After all, why would the Jets want a 29-year-old wide receiver who has only managed eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown and is dumb enough to publicly blast not only a potential employer, but one that has employed him in the past?

The truth of the matter is, Edwards popped-off publicly while thinking he had a secure job and quickly had to back up after losing it. The Seahawks didn't want Edwards, and Seattle is currently in the middle of a postseason push. 

New York shouldn't want him either. 

At this point, it's a war of attrition for the Jets. Grabbing a player who blasted the organization wouldn't look great, and it's not as if he'll have a massive impact on the field either between how mediocre he has been and how horrible Sanchez is once again. 

The Jets would be better off finding a younger free agent with upside and hoping for the best because at this point Edwards doesn't have anything left in the tank to offer the Jets.

Edwards wasn't very smart in making the comments, and the worst thing the Jets could do is prove him right.

 

 

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