With bush league bickering between cornerback Antonio Cromartie and 26-year-old wide receiver Chaz Schilens, it is evident the New York Jets banged the pooch by not letting Braylon Edwards return for a sequel this autumn in the swamps of Jersey.
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.
Like jackasses, New York’s brass, inexplicably satisfied with their substandard current receiving corps consisting of bitchy diva Santonio Holmes, rookie Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Schilens, allowed Edwards to ink a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday for the reported price of stale peanuts.
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 otherwise would have 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, with Antonio Cromartie even asserting he’s the second best receiver on the team, it’s clear that Braylon Edwards would have been an extremely intelligent, resourceful and beneficial signing for the New York Jets.by