It’s been a couple of hours now since the return of Braylon Edwards became official. The dust has settled, sort of, so I wanted to get more into detail with my opinion regarding Braylon.
This is a low risk, high reward move. First of all, look at the depth chart for the Jets at receiver, if you can do so without getting sick. Chaz Schilens, Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates, Jeremy Kerley, Mardy Gilyard. We can’t include Holmes, so look at this list. Does Edwards top the list? Talent-wise, ABSOLUTELY! He brings with him an instant upgrade to the Jets group of wide receivers. He’s only 29 years old, so he is still within the prime of his career.
He also has chemistry with Mark Sanchez. The two have been good together. Over Braylon’s two years with Mark Sanchez, he recorded for 1,445 yards and 11 TDs. Are those elite numbers? Absolutely not. But the TD numbers are great, and are clear evidence of the confidence that Mark has in Braylon, especially near the end zone. He was the deep threat in the 11-5 year of 2010, averaging 17.1 yards per catch.
Good move from the front office standpoint as well. One, they put their pride to the side. Braylon did make his comments, calling the front office “idiots”. He did apologize, but the fact was that the statement was out there. It’s big of Mike Tannenbaum and company to get past that, and know that he is an instant improvement to this football team. It shouldn’t be a big financial risk either. Sources are reporting that the Jets are going to look to re-do Braylon’s contract, setting him up with a low salary with potential incentives. Assuming that the restructuring comes to pass, at worst, it’s a three game rental without much money being involved. At best, the Jets get a guy that pays instant dividends, and haven’t taken a serious financial hit against the cap.
It’s nice to see that the Jets are making a move that the fans have asked for as well. Reports have surfaced that the Jets tried to trade for Edwards after Santonio went down. Woody Johnson and company claim to have a feeling for what the fans want. Clearly, fans have been annoyed all season, and this is a good gesture to get fans interested again.
However, temper your enthusiasm with realism. Turn the page and I will explain what I mean.