Interesting news came about this Tuesday morning as New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is currently in police custody after getting a DUI. He will be arraigned later Tuesday afternoon. Edwards blew a .16 in a breathalyzer, which is twice the legal limit after being pulled over for having overly tinted windows.
Since a breakout 2007, Braylon just can’t get any love. Most of you know that Braylon had a career year in 2007 when he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards for 16.1 yards a catch. He really looked impressive, and the Browns finally got what they drafted him for in 2005 with the third overall pick. Edwards since that season has just downright failed. He is generally in the top five in drops for wide receivers and running backs, often making the tough catches, but struggling to catch the easy passes.
In 2008, Braylon guaranteed Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps that he would score 17 touchdowns for the season, which was one more than he had in 2007. Edwards and the Browns failed heavily. Edwards ended the season with just 873 yards and three touchdowns on 55 receptions. The Browns started to see Edwards as a locker room cancer and he was often quoted as “annoying” and “disrespectful” by anonymous teammates.
After an incident where Edwards was accused of assault in a night club it was time for a change in 2009 when the Browns sent Edwards packing after just four games, obtaining a 3rd round pick, a 5th round pick, wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, and linebacker Jason Trusnik. The incident involved an acquaintance of LeBron James, and it was joked that Cleveland wasn’t big enough for both the stars. The 5th round pick could have been turned into a 4th round pick if Braylon would have caught 55 passes for the Jets in the remainder of the season. Edwards was far from that number as well, only grabbing 35 balls for 541 yards and four touchdowns. He was disappointing to many fantasy owners as well.
2010 doesn’t appear to be going much better for Braylon. He only has six catches in two games and one touchdown. He also has a few drops already on the season, and was the subject of a Joe Nameth rant in which Nameth defended young quarterback Mark Sanchez stating: "I don't consider Cotchery or Edwards deep threats," he told the Post. "[Edwards] can't catch the ball, for one thing… or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches."
So it just doesn’t look like Edwards can win. New York Jets fans aren’t excited about him, and Browns fans rejoiced when he left. Edwards’ latest stop is in a New York police department, and most likely a substance abuse program, and a hefty fine from Commissioner Roger Goodell.