Who benefits most from the trade between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns? There's no denying that Braylon Edwards is tremendously talented, but in the same case as Brady Quinn, talent only gets you so far in the NFL. Edwards had a fantastic 2007 season, but has been plagued by drops, a poor attitude, and has struggled to find consistent performances.
One thing Cleveland will miss, not his drive-killing dropped passes, but rather the double-team he still commanded. For this reason, Derek Anderson and the revolving door of Quarterbacks will be hurt the most by Braylon's departure. Since the opposing safety won't have to guard Edwards, it will leave him free to patrol for interceptions. Cleveland will now look to Mohammed Massaquoi to step up as he did last week, for the remainder of the season. As well as second round draft pick, Brian Robiskie.
For New York, much like during the 2009 draft, they received a great talent, for essentially very little. Now, like Sanchez, it will take time to determine if he's their future answer.
Edwards gives Sanchez a big target if he can consistently catch the ball, but more importantly, he will command the double-team and take pressure off of receivers Clowney and Cotchery. Edwards thrives in a winning environment, and the Jets are competitive, so if he can stay out of trouble in the big city, expect him to return to 2007 form.
On the other side, the Jets give up a No.3 slot receiver in Chansi Stuckey. Stuckey is good for 4-6 catches a game, and should fall into the No. 3 spot, while Brian Robiskie continues to develop. Also, Brad Seely gets another weapon on an already impressive special teams squad, with linebacker Jason Trusnik. Trusnik is an Ohio native in his third season, and should be an immediate contributor on kickoffs. In addition to those two pickups, a third round pick and fifth round pick, bring Cleveland up to eleven selections in the NFL draft. (1,2,3,3,4,5,5,5,6,6,7).
Both teams should benefit from the deal, but for the Browns, Derek Anderson and newly emerging rookie Mohammed Massaquoi will feel it most. Without the drops, the drives should be able to sustain longer, but expect Anderson's interception rate to go up without the safety helping out in coverage of Edwards.
Presumably as the new No. 1 receiver, it's unknown if Massaquoi will be able to replicate his week four performance when the pressure is stepped up on him now.
(Thanks to Malcolm Mathers for the draft pick correction)