The Final Piece? Will Edwards Help The Jets Reach The Promise Land?

Christian AraosContributor IOctober 7, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the Cleveland Browns makes a reception as Brain Dawkins #20 and Renaldo Hill #23 of the Denver Broncos defend during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Earlier today, the New York Jets acquired Braylon Edwards from the Cleveland Browns for Jason Trusnik (special-teamer), Chansi Stuckey (the number-two receiver coming into the year), and two draft picks believed to be a third- and fifth-round. 

Edwards is a legitimate deep threat, something that rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (oddly enough the Jets got the pick to use on him from...the Browns) could benefit from greatly.  This should allow for Jericho Cotchery, the current number one receiver to slip back into the number two role where he is better suited, and for tight end Dustin Keller to enjoy more freedom in the passing game. 

The trade should also help the Jet running game, which is already ninth in the league.  Now, we won't see what we saw last week where the Saints constantly stacked the line with eight or nine guys and forced Mark Sanchez into making mistakes.

If Edwards performs, the Jets offense will be one of the best in the league.

There is one big trouble spot for Edwards and the Jets... his off field issues. There are allegations that he assaulted a friend of LeBron James at a Cleveland nightclub. No charges have been followed but the NFL is investigating. Edwards was partying with Donte Stallworth the night he killed a pedestrian in Miami.

He also was caught speeding and had to pay a fine and serve community service.

Jets GM Mike Tennenbaum has expressed confidence in Edwards though its hard to show 100 percent confidence in him since New Yorkers have seen the Plaxico Burress fiasco and given Edwards's prior history, and being New York City means that he could face potential career threatening tempatation.

For Jet fans, hopefully he'll make headlines on the field, not off the field.