NFL Free Agent Rumors: Braylon Edwards Likely Out, Randy Moss in for Jets

Cole TesslerCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the start of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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When the Jets re-signed wide receiver Santonio Holmes to a five-year deal, they pretty much indicated that Braylon Edwards was on his way out.

And Randy Moss might be on his way in.

The Jets have a lot of priorities and need to save money wherever they can, and Braylon Edwards is not at the top of the Jets' list right now.

The Jets are a serious contender in the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes, and even if they don't get him, they will need to try and lock up Antonio Cromartie. There is also free-agent cornerback Jonathan Joseph, which seems unlikely for the Jets, but it could happen if they get neither Asomugha nor Cromartie.

Then there's Braylon Edwards on the Jets' priority list. The odds are the Jets will lock up one of those three corners, and if they do, they won't be able to re-sign Edwards.

Edwards even tweeted: “I would love to be a Jet but the feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual with the management.” He later deleted the tweet, according to the New York Post.

If his tweet is true then he is probably going to entertain offers elsewhere, and see what he can get. He is a young and talented receiver so he should get some good offers.

Reports have begun to surface that the Vikings are looking at Edwards, so that can definitely be a possibility for him. Especially with Sidney Rice leaving the Vikings to go to the Seahawks.

Now, enter Randy Moss.



Moss just came off one of his worst seasons where he had career-lows in receptions and receiving yards and played for three teams. He is also getting older at age 34, which is six years older than Edwards.

But Moss put up spectacular numbers in 2009, where he racked up 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns. Despite his disappointing season last year, Moss is still a great player and would be a great replacement for Edwards.

He has all the physical attributes Edwards has. Moss is 6'4'' and an inch taller than Edwards and both weigh about the same. Moss and Edwards are both huge targets that have a big advantage with their height.

Some people might question his personality, but the Jets can pretty much bring in anybody and not effect their team chemistry. Last year, the Jets brought in players who had problems, like Cromartie and Santonio Holmes, but they fit in just fine.

Rex Ryan's outspoken style should be an attraction for Moss, who usually speaks his mind a lot.

The only question is if Moss' speed has diminished, and if so, how much? Age usually has a negative effect on players, and Moss' speed is what made him a deadly receiver.




Despite this, Moss is the best fit to replace Edwards, and at a much cheaper price tag.

So how likely is it the Moss becomes a Jet?

The Jets are the only teams to have reportedly contacted Moss and his agent so far. They have publicly displayed their interest, too, with Jets owner Woody Johnson, saying about Moss at the end of May:

“There’s no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots,That’s about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he’s accomplished during those years.” 

Speaking of the Patriots, Moss and the Jets both have a common enemy. The Patriots traded moss four games into the season last year and the Jets are bitter rivals with the Pats.

Maybe Moss is looking for some revenge.

The final odds: 70/30 chance Moss goes to the Jets

What do you think?

Do you think that Moss would fit in well with the Jets? What do you think the odds are he goes to the Jets? Will Moss still have the same speed and skill he had with the Pats?

Let me know down below!