UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
The New York Jets confirmed the signing of Braylon Edwards Thursday morning:
It's time for a Jets summer sequel: Braylon Edwards 3.
Edwards, the bearded veteran wide receiver, joins the Green & White for the third time after passing his physical exam Wednesday.
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Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported former Jets wideout Braylon Edwards intended to sign a one-year contract with his old team:
Free-agent WR Braylon Edwards plans to sign a one-year deal with Jets, per ESPN source. He soon will be a Jet.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2013
This will be Edwards’ third stint with the Jets, the last of which was a three-game span last season after being released by the Seattle Seahawks. The 30-year-old previously spent two seasons in New York in 2009 and 2010.
As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News noted, Edwards will be a much-needed upgrade to a depleted wide receiver corps:
Braylon Edwards is a clear upgrade for the Jets. He provides a presence that was lacking. Now, he needs to stay healthy. #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) July 25, 2013
In 2009 and 2010, Edwards combined for 88 receptions for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, the former All-Pro receiver (2007) isn’t the same player he was during that span, and injuries have significantly slowed his career since 2010.
Still, New York will take what help it can get. As reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the team’s leading receiver is on the physically unable to perform list at the moment:
The #Jets have officially placed WR Santonio Holmes on PUP list today, per the league's transaction report.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2013
Beyond Holmes, the Jets are left to rely on Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Ben Obomanu.
Edwards has had issues with drops and injuries, but he’s arguably the best wide receiver still available on the open market. With experience in New York’s offense and an obvious need on the part of the Jets, there probably wasn’t a better fit for either party.
New York did very little to solidify its receiving corps and tight end group for Mark Sanchez and rookie second-rounder Geno Smith. It may be a little late to do that now, but the Jets can’t afford to enter the season without extra help.