UPDATE: Since the posting of this article, there has been no truth to the actual releasing of Braylon Edwards. Apologies to the fans and to Yahoo's Brandon Funston. This article is simply speculation. 4:50 PM EST, September 23rd 2010.
While they aren't the strongest rumors, there are rumors that the New York Jets may release their head-case wide receiver , Braylon Edwards. So are the New York Jets actually trying to make a statement and be a serious Super Bowl contending team?
If they are, releasing Edwards is a puzzling but yet in a way, good move. With a young quarterback in Mark Sanchez who is trying to mature with each game, the Jets do not need Edwards to come in and bring negativity and attract the wrong attention to their team.
This off-season the Jets made a trade for suspended wide receiver Santonio Holmes but Holmes has learned his lesson and has also proved to be a valuable team asset and a reliable player in the clutch. Young running back Shonn Greene does not need a negative influence as well, so the Jets have Ladainian Tomlinson to keep the young kid's head straight.
With all the hoopla of the Revis holdout, Rex Ryan's foul mouth, and Super Bowl expectations the Jets show with this releasing that if you go out and embarrass the organization and break the law as Edwards did, there is no place for you to wear green and white.
Edwards did also get into a war of words with Jets all-time great quarterback, Joe Namath who said "He has as many drops as he does catches." With all due respect to Edwards, Namath is right, Edwards broke a Browns franchise record in 2007 with 16 touchdowns (previous was thirteen) in a single season and then led the NFL in dropped passes in 2008.
Edwards was a valuable asset to the Jets after being traded from Cleveland to New York during the 2009 season. Later in '09 was news released that Edwards had punched a friend of LeBron James outside of a Cleveland night club which led to Edwards being placed on probation.
Tuesday morning around 5 A.M. eastern time, Edwards was pulled over for having overly tinted windows and then police smelled alcohol on Edwards leading them to give him a sobriety test in which he was found to twice the legal limit of alcohol in his body.
A possible suspension is looming for Edwards and now he is unemployed. Teams will be calling, Minnesota is struggling on offense and teams like Buffalo can use all the help they can get. Is Edwards really worth all the trouble? An inconsistent player who can't keep his nose clean is running out of time to prove his worth to not only the NFL but to a single franchise.
Rex Ryan and the New York Jets may have just made a positive media move that will soon be garnishing the news feeds. Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery are now Sanchez's go to wide receivers. Ryan has stated his team is a ground and pound run the ball team, and with the releasing of Edwards, Shonn Greene and LT may have received a bigger workload.