Since the 29-year-old Edwards was cut by the San Francisco 49ers on December 27 with knee and shoulder injuries, speculation persisted that Gang Green would pursue the 2007 All-Pro as a free agent.
Somewhat questionably, New York’s brass is apparently satisfied with their current receiving corps that consists of bitchy diva Santonio Holmes, rookie Stephen Hill, and unknowns Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley.
Granted, Edwards, who the Cleveland Browns selected out of the University of Michigan with the third pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, has often been an inconsistent troublemaker on the gridiron and in the streets.
Nevertheless, the 2004 consensus All-American clicked with embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez and led the team with 904 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.
Although Sanchez has shown sporadic flashes of brilliance, the precocious signal-caller is erratic and Edwards’ size and wingspan helped mask many throws that would have otherwise landed somewhere in Hollis, Queens.
Furthermore, considering that new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has pledged to dominate the trenches, Edwards, who has caught 340 passes for 5,314 yards and 39 scores in seven professional seasons, would have provided solid run-blocking for the ground attack.
Still, for the price of stale peanuts, Braylon Edwards would have been an extremely intelligent, resourceful and beneficial signing for the New York Jets.by