According to the ESPN report, the Jets have agreed to send key special teams player Jason Trusnik and as of yet undisclosed draft picks to Cleveland. The final terms have not been finalized as of this writing. GangGreenNation.com is reporting that Chansi Stuckey will also be moving to Cleveland as part of the package.
I will admit I am one of those guys who liked Stuckey but Edwards is a heck of a pick up and well worth the loss. Stuckey is good but he just isn’t Edwards.
Edwards, a fifth-year veteran out of Michigan, has caught 10 passes for 139 yards this season for the currently winless Browns. He has 238 career catches for 3,697 yards and 28 touchdowns. Edwards faced a lot of criticism in Cleveland last season for the number of passes he dropped.
The Browns have been a team in turmoil over the last few seasons, in particular at QB, which may have had a lot to do with his poor performance last season. I guarantee most Jets fans are hoping so right about now.
Edwards represents a legitimate deep threat for rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Something that the Jets have lacked. Unfortunately they also get a player facing an NFL investigation for off-the-field trouble.
Edwards is currently being investigated by the league for possibly violating the league’s conduct policy following accusations he assaulted a friend of NBA star LeBron James outside a Cleveland nightclub on Monday night.
This is not Edwards first off-field incident and will surely be weighed into any decisions by commissioner Roger Goodell when handing out any discipline.
In March of this year, Donte Stallworth drove drunk and killed a pedestrian in Miami after partying through the night with Edwards. Thankfully, Edwards was not with Stallworth at the time of the accident.
Despite the off-field antics, I feel this is a fantastic thing for the Jets. There is just no question that Sanchise is still too inexperienced to get it done with the tools he currently has. I don’t say this as a slight to our current WR corps, who have performed admirably so far. However, with most of the opposing teams stacking the box and daring the rookie to beat them with his arm, we absolutely need to provide a credible deep threat that will provide both a valid down field target for Sanchez as well as help keep defenses honest and covering the whole field.
The Jets running game has not been quite what we had expected thus far but a lot of that has been the opposing teams game plans. For the most part it has been about attacking the rookie QB at the line, which in turn has made for some tough going for our talented RB’s. This trade may have just opened things up tremendously for our triple threat backfield of Thomas Jones, Leon Washington and Shonn Greene.
I absolutely can not wait to see this guy take the field and witness the effect he has on our up and coming offense.