Dear John Idzik: Bring Braylon Edwards Back Now

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

John Idzik knows what he is doing, that is clear. He has a vision for the present and future of this football team. As such, I am loath to tell him what to do with regards to improving our New York Jets. He knows what to do.

But, I am going to make an exception here. In recent interviews, John Idzik has been quoted as saying that the Jets are not done adding players at the skilled positions. There have been reports linking the Jets to discussions with former Giants’ WR Ramses Barden. The idea isn’t bad, but there is a better one. There is a free agent wide receiver that has played for the team, that John Idzik needs to bring back, right away.

His name is Braylon Edwards.

Some of his best work has been done as a New York Jet. Take a look:

Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 New York Jets 3             3 10 125 12.5 19 0
2012 Seattle Seahawks 10             1 8 74 9.3 16 1
2011 San Francisco 49ers 9             5 15 181 12.1 24 0
2010 New York Jets 16             15 53 904 17.1 74T 7 1 4 4.0 4 0 1 1
2009 New York Jets 12             11 35 541 15.5 65T 4 1 1
2009 Cleveland Browns 4             4 10 139 13.9 24 0
2008 Cleveland Browns 16             16 55 873 15.9 70 3
2007 Cleveland Browns 16             16 80 1,289 16.1 78T 16 3 2
2006 Cleveland Browns 16             15 61 884 14.5 75 6 3 7 2.3 8 0
2005 Cleveland Browns 10             7 32 512 16.0 80T 3
TOTAL 359 5,522 15.4 80 40 4 11 2.8 8 0 5 4

Obviously, not all of his best work was done in New York, as he had two great years in Cleveland as well. But after arriving in New York the first time, he became quite the downfield threat, and had wonderful chemistry with Mark Sanchez. He has also posted 15 post season receptions with the Jets.

He is a very motivated football player as a member of the Jets. In three games with the Jets, he posted more receptions (10), than he did the rest of the season with the Seahawks (8), despite being hobbled with hamstring problems. His motor clearly runs harder and faster when he is with the New York Jets.

Braylon Edwards wants to be a New York Jet. He has made that clear on many occasions. Heck, he was hopeful that he was going to get a call prior to the 2012 season. Frankly, he sounded disappointed that he didn’t get one, in interviews after he resigned late in the year. He was thrilled to be back when he finally got the call.

Braylon Edwards doesn’t cost a lot of money, and he performs well with the New York Jets. He is a good influence on the offense, and he wants to be here.

John Idzik not to tell you what to do, but, please bring him back. It’s important. Thanks.

Topics: Braylon Edwards, Free Agents, New York Jets

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i agree 99%. the only issue being maybe idzik wants to see the udfas and maybe the other rookie from last year before comitting to braylon. counterpoint: he could lose him if he waits too long. he did look good in those 3 games with ny last year, however nobody seems to be too keen on the guy. i’ve said many times, i thought they shoulda signed him rather than holmes after the lockout. i’m pretty sure signing holmes was rex’s call, judging by what he said about holmes in his book. i dunno why, but edwards has always loved being a jet, yet for some reason that love is unrequited.

    • TheJetPress

      Its odd, how unrequited the love is. I would embrace a player that wants to be here, you know? He would be a great influence on the team.

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