Braylon Edwards Likely Done in New York; Carolina, It's Time to Make Your Move

Evan HigginsCorrespondent IIJuly 27, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets looks on during warmups prior to the game against the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Santonio Holmes was re-signed to a five-year, $50 million contract, making it unlikely the Jets will bring back receiver Braylon Edwards, who is also a free agent.

Edwards has expressed much interest to return to New York, but the feeling doesn't look mutual. The Jets' chose to give Holmes the big contract, and its unlikely they would give the same to Edwards, who wants around the same type of deal.

There are even reports that New York will sign receiver Randy Moss to replace Edwards.

With Edwards out of New York, where does that leave him? Carolina would be a perfect fit.

The Carolina Panthers are in need of a receiver, regardless of whether Steve Smith stays with the team. If Smith does stay, that makes Edwards an even better fit for the team, as they are in need of a bigger target to start alongside Smith.

Edwards may not be the most popular choice with fans, as he has had trouble with maturing and dropping balls. However, at age 28, Edwards is slowly growing out of that stage, and becoming a better person and football player.

Think about an offense with Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams (if he is re-signed, which a decision is expected to be announced Wednesday on where he will play), Jonathan Stewart, Jeremy Shockey, Steve Smith and Braylon Edwards.

If Edwards isn't signed, Carolina should still look into free agency for a big-name receiver. Brandon LaFell and Davis Gettis are good options in the pass game, but after a 2-14 season and bringing in a rookie quarterback to build around, the Panthers' need more targets for Cam Newton.

Currently, Mike Sims-Walker and Sidney Rice are still on the open market, so they could be other options to bring in to continue improving this offense, which struggled last season.