Kellen Winslow’s #BringBraylonBack campaign worked, Braylon Edwards is once again coming back to the New York Jets, pending a physical.
In a move that could not have come any sooner, the New York Jets are close to bringing Braylon Edwards back to the team.
The 30-year-old Edwards previously played for the Jets from 2009-2010, and for the last 4 games of the 2012 season.
This move was a no brainer for new Jets GM John Idzik considering the teams current state at the wide receiver position. Santonio Holmes was just placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list and hasn’t started running yet. Week 1 is unlikely for Holmes and there’s an outside chance he doesn’t play a single down in the NFL this season.
Stephen Hill is recovering from knee surgery and recently questionably predicted a “deep run” in the playoffs, Clyde Gates is a practice squad player, and if Jeremy Kerley is your quote “number 1” receiver, that’s a problem. That receiving core would easily rank dead last in the NFL.
Edwards clearly isn’t close to being the same player that caught 80 balls for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007 for the Browns. However, he’s still 6’3, can still jump, and is still a viable deep threat.
Edwards also has a great rapport with Mark Sanchez, and can work on building one with Geno Smith.
Despite the fact that he only has 33 catches the past 2 seasons, Edwards is immediately the best receiver on the team. That’s also a bit of a problem.
The Jets need to continue adding receivers. The team has recently looked at Austin Collie, Laurent Robinson, but ultimately passed on both.
Another guy on the market that would make a lot of sense is Brandon Lloyd. It’s a major mystery as to why Lloyd hasn’t been signed yet, though he did have behavior problems with the Patriots in 2012.
Last season, he caught 74 balls for 911 yards and 4 touchdowns. Lloyd’s 911 yards would have led the Jets last season. Jeremy Kerley’s 827 yards were tops on the team.
Taking a flyer on Lloyd is absolutely worth it. The fact that he has yet to sign with a team could be a humbling experience that Lloyd could use as motivation.
Idzik bringing Braylon in is a solid move, and adding Brandon Lloyd would be just as big.
So John, what are you waiting for?