According to multiple reports overnight, Braylon Edwards has signed a one-year deal with the Jets after taking a physical and will be with the team in Cortland. The decision to offer Braylon the deal came just one day after Santonio Holmes was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Edwards, 30, played with the Jets in 2009 and again in 2010 and was with the team during the team's final three games of the 2012 season.
In his first stint with the team, Edwards played 28 games and had 88 catches, 1,445 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Last year in his three games with the team, Edwards had 10 catches for 125 yards.
Edwards will also reunite with another old Cleveland teammate, Kellen Winslow Jr who was excited at the prospect a few days ago.
#BringBraylonBackSpeculation is that Braylon will be a starter for the team at the outset of the team should Holmes not make it back in time for the start of the season.
— Kellen Winslow Jr. (@KellenWinslowJr) July 22, 2013
As soon as the Jets missed out on Tavon Austin in the 2013 NFL Draft, something big was going to have to be done by the front office to aid the team in their ability to be productive on offense, especially with concerns about Santonio's status.
The Jets had brought in some other players earlier on this week like Austin Collie and Laurent Robinson, but this was the move that the Jets thought was the best fit for them, and I don't disagree. Edwards has had trouble staying healthy, but as far as I know, concussions haven't been one of the problems that have kept him off the field. In the case of Collie and Robinson, that is a much bigger concern.
Edwards also is loyal to Rex Ryan, so whatever comes of the season for him, Edwards shouldn't be a concern for the Jets coaching staff. He should also be a positive addition to the meeting room for younger receivers and as far as whoever becomes the starter, he'll be a
Edwards has a very good shot of being a Week 1 starter if Santonio lingers on the PUP. While it might look a bit unwieldy to have Edwards, Hill and Kerley as the team's top three receivers in the case that Tone can't get onto the field, I actually really like the grouping. Kerley is the sure-handed slot player who can be moved around and still be productive as we saw last season. Hill can be the team's deep threat meant to stretch the defense and add that deepest layer to the offense to allow the other receivers and tight ends more room to maneuver closer to the quarterback -- provided of course he can intimidate anyone by locating his hands.
Leading into the draft, I talked at length about the team's need to find more of a possession-type receiver longer term as they move on from Holmes, so it is Edwards then, who can take on the possession receiver role, which might suit him well based on his size, frame, use of his body, hard-nosed attitude and run-blocking skill. As I said yesterday, he can't be compared to the player he was back in 2009 and 2010, but he's still a good fit for this team.