Braylon heads to Broadway

Cleveland, as it turns out, wasn’t big enough for both LeBron James and Braylon Edwards.

And so Braylon has now left town.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns have traded Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets.

The move comes only hours after the receiver whom the Jets allegedly coveted — Michael Crabtree — finally signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.  Though there’s no specific evidence that the Jets were waiting to pull the trigger (perhaps not the best choice of words when talking about a New York receiver) on a trade with the Browns until Crabtree’s situation was resolved, the circumstantial evidence will cause some to wonder whether Edwards was “Plan B” and Crabtree was “Plan A.” 

The fact that the Jets couldn’t have gotten their hands on Crabtree until March 1 at the earliest undercuts that theory.  Still, the timing is unusual, to say the least.

The trade represents the latest transaction between Browns coach Eric Mangini and the man who fired him in January, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum.  The Browns previously helped the Jets get in position to draft their quarterback of the future (and present), and the Browns have now sent the Jets a guy who will be catching (or, as the case may be, dropping) passes from Mark Sanchez.

Edwards is signed through 2009, and it’s not yet known whether he’ll be getting a new deal.  Absent an extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he will be eligible for restricted free agency only in 2010.

Speaking of 2010, let’s hope that New York City is big enough for Braylon and LeBron, since there has been speculation for months that James will sign a free-agent deal with the New York Knicks at the end of the coming basketball season.

UPDATEHere are the terms of the deal.  There’s no new deal for Edwards, yet.
 

42 responses to “Braylon heads to Broadway

  1. Wow, this is a better move for Cleveland than anything else, if in fact the Jets traded away Jones. Edwards has hands of stone.

  2. I don’t know how good of a year edwards was having so far, but with stallworth not playing who is the qb (anderson or quinn) supposed to throw to? this should make sanchise’s life a little easier

  3. They have traded Winslow and Edwards probably their two best players within 6 months…. Can you say tear it all down and try to re-build…. again! This has to be the worst team that has drafted in the last 10 years.. what a joke in the mistake by the lake!

  4. I really hope this is a good thing for our team… they better not have given up David Harris or anyone else on their D… who did they give up i ask… WHOOOOOOO

  5. So, did Mangini let him go to his ex-employer in hopes that he will be a disruptive force there or did the Jets make such a sweet offer he just couldn’t refuse?

  6. Oh crap! The man can’t catch a cold, and just got into a fight in the middle of the night b/c he’s jealous of LeBron. Do the Jets really need this?
    And what happens if LeBron signs w the Knicks or Nets in 2 years?

  7. I know Edwards was a ball-dropping disappointment with apparent behavioral issues, but Mangini still needs to get value for him in any trade. It will be interesting to see what the Jets had to give up to get Edwards.

  8. “let’s hope that New York City is big enough for Braylon and LeBron, since there has been speculation for months that James will sign a free-agent deal with the New York Knicks at the end of the coming basketball season.”
    ======================================
    Oh man, talk about shit in the bed for Edwards, lol.

  9. Just 2 hours after Crabtree Signs the Jets pull the trigger on Edwards? This can not help their denial of tampering.

  10. Braylon couldn’t handle the scrutiny of Cleveland fans and the local media. Wait until he underperforms in NYC. Good luck with that, Braylon. This is the same guy who said he wasn’t going to donate to local charities anymore because fans were booing him. You can’t spell ‘abrasive jerk with hands of stone’ without bra[y].
    Later, Braylon.

  11. I actually think this is a great trade for the Browns. Glazer @ Fox reports that it’s 2 picks, Stuckey, and LB Trusnick (who?). If I’m the Browns, I wouldn’t even blink to make that trade.
    If I’m the Jets, does Edwards really upgrade the WR position enough to give your number 2 WR and 2 picks. How are those drops going to help Sanchez? Edwards in NYC, how long unitl he gets suspended?

  12. Well, that was the least the Jets could do, considering Cleveland swallowed Mangina’s contract. A turd for a turd, I suppose. Just like the old testament says, huh?

  13. This is a no lose for Cleveland. Even if Edwards goes on and becomes the greatest star receiver of all time. It’s because Edwards thought he was too good for Cleveland from the start and wanted to be in a place like New York. He was never going to be good in Cleveland. I’m glad he’s gone. Now I have a new brown dishrag.

  14. The Jets should have traded for LeBron, he has better hands. Edwards is a loser. New York will chew him up.

  15. Somebody answer this for me…
    Once Crabtree signs his contract, the 49ers would be able to trade him to any team they want, correct? I thought the restriction only applied to trading his rights as an unsigned drafted player…

  16. I think the Browns consulted with the Cavs on the trade and sent him to New York to knock it off of the list of potential landing spots. While it’s just speculation, one can’t help but think that this trade has 60% to do with LeBron and 40% to do with his brick hands, zero impact on any games this season (actually he did have an impact; a negative one), and the fact that, well, he’s been playing his way to the UFL.

  17. I knew it was a mistake to draft this loser. Hell, I remember watching him play the Buckeyes in Columbus and dropping passes in the flats when there was no one within 10 feet of his sorry ass.
    If it’s a step back to trade him and Kevin “Evel Knievel” Winslow than I’ll gladly take it!
    Finally something to feel good about with the Browns.

  18. “Speaking of 2010, let’s hope that New York City is big enough for Braylon and LeBron, since there has been speculation for months that James will sign a free-agent deal with the New York Knicks at the end of the coming basketball season.”
    Um, don’t include me in your “let’s hope” mike. Sorry to disappoint you, but there is also speculation that BronBron will be reupping with the Cavs. I can’t wait to see NYC cleaning up the tears when he remains a Clevelander.

  19. How will the Browns get by without his zero catches for zero yards? Let’s see, they’re 0-4 with him, can they be any worse without him?
    It just goes to show you that you can abuse the fans, but don’t mess with Lebron or any of his friends…

  20. “…since there has been speculation for months that James will sign a free-agent deal with the New York Knicks at the end of the coming basketball season”
    Then, he’s a fool. I can honestly say as a former Knick season ticket holder for over a decade (’89-2000), that Dolan is the worse owner in sports. A brain damaged chimp would be a huge step up in intelligence, class, and personality.

  21. Let’s not rush to judgment here. We all know Braylon Edwards is a world-class WR. Let Rex Ryan work his magic on this guy. Let’s show Braylon some love and as a result, he will be a big contributor to ‘da Jets.

  22. @ east96street…..
    “Dolan is the worse owner in sports.”
    Have you ever heard of Randy Lerner?

  23. SAN-CHISE NEEDED A BIG TARGET WR AND NOW HE HAS ONE, ALONG WITH COTCHERY
    HE WILL HAVE HIS CHOICE. EDWARDS WILL HAVE TO COME ON BOARD WITH THE TEAM CONCEPT AND KEEPING HIS NOSE CLEAN, THIS GUY CAN BE A HUGE NAME AND MAKE MILLIONS IF HE DOES THE RIGHT THING, WE DO THINGS IN A BIG TIME WAY, SO NOW HE HAS THE STAGE, CAN HE DANCE.
    I like this guy D-Rex, he can roll the dice,,,,,,,

  24. Mark Sanchez is screwed. Whats the difference between Edwards and a Turd? Nothing, they both are pieces of shit with no hands.

  25. Nice article pinhead. Who or what did they trade to get Edwards? And are you folks hiring editors, or were the chimps just out on their banana break?

  26. abrownsfan says: “@ east96street…..
    “Dolan is the worse owner in sports.”
    Have you ever heard of Randy Lerner?”
    Trust me, Dolan is worse. MSG is old, but it used to be in good shape and a fun arena to watch hoops in. When Dolan took over and it become filthy and decrepit. As a season ticket holder, I called them dozens of times to complain that a screw holding my seat together was broken off and a jagged point was now sticking in my hip. Nothing. I had to get a buddy who was a lawyer to write several letters threatening a lawsuit to get it repaired. BTW – the first repair? Putting duct tape over the screw. Until your stadium starts to, literally, fall apart, Dolan is worse than Lerner. Although, I must admit that I am feeling your pain on this one, Lerner does seem to subscribe to the “let’s make dozens of moves/trades in order to distract the fans from my incompetence” style of ownership that Dolan has perfected. They are probably kindred souls if not good friends.

  27. Braylon is a very talented football player that has not lived up to expectations.
    Braylon also has a huge chip on his shoulder – claims fans in Cleveland don’t like him because he went to the school up north (aka Michigan). No Braylon, you got booed because you drop too many passes…and give up on your routes; not beacause of the college you attended.
    I’m sad to see a player with his (unfulfilled) talent leave, but his performance has been subpar.
    I’m confused by the last paragraph of this column…is it about Braylon’s trade to the Jets or another new yorker having a wet dream about LBJ playing for the knicks or nets????

  28. “Then, he’s a fool. I can honestly say as a former Knick season ticket holder for over a decade (’89-2000), that Dolan is the worse owner in sports. A brain damaged chimp would be a huge step up in intelligence, class, and personality.”
    I agree that Dolan is one of the worst owners. But he owns the Indians – not the CAVS! Dan Gilbert owns the CAVS you moron. LeBron will be a CAV next year.

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