ESPN's AFC East blogger James Walker tweeted out the news:
#Jets have been awarded WR Braylon Edwards off waivers, the team announced.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerESPN) December 11, 2012
Edwards spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Jets.
New York certainly needs help at the receiver position, but this move is still a bit of a surprise.
It's hard to believe that the Jets were anxious enough to sign Edwards that they didn't even see if he'd clear waivers. Especially considering that just last week Edwards let his thoughts be known via Twitter on the decision-makers for the Jets:
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
However, Edwards subsequently attempted to mend this fence. As Chris Strauss of the USA Today points out, he apologized for his remarks by saying the following:
I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst. Mark is a friend and former teammate, who I wholeheartedly support. Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for.
Apology aside, it is stunning that the "idiots calling shots" felt that a loose cannon that just trashed them came with enough upside to be signed.
The Jets are 6-7 and have won three of their last four. They haven't been eliminated from the playoff race and they are no doubt desperate to finish strong, but Edwards does not appear to have much left in the tank.
The Seahawks have been hurting at the receiver position themselves, yet they didn't feel Edwards was good enough to justify a roster spot or even play that much to begin with.
For the season, the eight-year pro has just eight catches for 74 yards and one touchdown in 10 games, and that comes after a terrible season in San Francisco last year in which he pulled in 15 catches for 181 yards.
Who knows? Maybe this move to familiar settings will spark some life back into Edwards' game.