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Sometimes it’s funny how things turn out. Weeks ago, it appeared that Braylon Edwards was going to stay in Cleveland as its top receiver, but now he makes the move to New York and joins the new and improved Jets offense.
Days after getting into a fight with one of LeBron “King of Cleveland” James’s friends, Edwards is now gone from Cleveland. The deal was finalized Wednesday, and the Jets will send WR Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik, and two draft picks to the Browns in exchanged for the troubled wide receiver. Some feel that King James might have had something to do with it, but trading Edwards was something coach Eric Mangini has been looking into for some time.
For the Jets, they finally get the receiver they have been looking for. Originally, the Jets looked into Plaxico Burress, but his legal troubles nixed that idea. Then, with turmoil in Denver this offseason, the Jets went after Brandon Marshall. However, whatever New York was offering was not enough. Next, with Michael Crabtree still holding out from the 49ers, the Jets were accused of tampering with the tenth overall pick. On the day Crabtree agreed to a deal with San Francisco (Wednesday), the Jets made the deal for Edwards.
Edwards has the potential to be one of the best wide-outs in the league. The former Biletnikoff winner was selected with the third overall pick by Cleveland and got things going in his second year. In 2006, he recorded 884 yards on 61 receptions. During his third year in 2007, he made the Pro Bowl after netting 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. However, since then it has not been all good.
There have been critics of Edwards for his on, and off, the field performances. He has made a number of crucial drops for Cleveland and has been extremely inconsistent at making catches. Off the field, he was fined for violating the league’s personal conduct policy for reckless driving. Earlier this year, he was seen partying with Donte Stallworth the night Stallworth drove drunk and killed a pedestrian. Now with the attack on Lebron’s friend, Edwards could have violated the conduct policy again, and could face punishment, even a possible suspension.
Edwards will create a receiving tandem with Jerricho Cotchery and he would be the deep threat for Mark Sanchez. He does make the Jets offense more dangerous, but New York loses their slot receiver in Stuckey, a swap Rex Ryan and the Jets were willing to make.
Cleveland, on the other hand, loses their second receiving target in less then a year, after the trade of Kellen Winslow to the Buccaneers. Cleveland was also involved in a trade with New York on draft day that brought Sanchez to the Meadowlands.
All a person needs sometimes is a change of scenery. Randy Moss emerged from his Oakland cocoon to become the top receiver in the league again. Putting Edwards in a situation with a steady quarterback (like Sanchez) could mean big things in his future. The duo of Sanchez-Edwards has the possibility of becoming the next Brady-Moss. However, only time will tell.