The Jets traded for receiver Braylon Edwards without signing him to a new contract. In his first meeting with the New York media as a member of the New York Jets, Edwards said that’s fine by him.
“I don’t want to be a distraction,” Edwards said in comments distributed by the team. “Right now, all I want to do is play football. They’ve got a machine moving in the right direction, so to sit here and try to talk about a new contract would be pretty petty. I’m happy with where I’m at now. I’m happy with my contract. It doesn’t bother me. I really just want to get out there and play football.”
Despite weeks and months of rumors that a trade might be happening, Edwards said that he “had no clue” the deal was coming.
“I got the call from Coach Mangini at 7:45 am [Wednesday],” Edwards said. “He called when I was on my way to the facility. He called me and told me to come up and see him when I got in. I went up there and he told me that the trade had happened.”
Edwards also talked about his off-field image, which took a hit only two days before the trade after he was accused of punching Edward Givens, a friend of NBA star LeBron James who, based on LeBron’s desciption, sounds like he’d lose an arm-wrestling match to Steve Urkel.
“I do feel like I’m trying to create, not a new image, but I’m trying to just brush it up a little bit in order to be [a] good guy,” Edwards said. “I’ve done some good things. I believe there are some other incidents there, so know you have some people who say, ‘Is he this or is he that?’ Some people are still on this side and some people that are still on that side. That’s what I mean by fresh start. I can come with all the negativity that’s out there about me and I can come here and perform well on Sundays, on Mondays, practice hard and prove to my teammates and coaches that I’m a good guy and let everything else play its course. Eventually, I’ll get that good guy tag undoubtedly.”
We’re not sure we would put money on that one, but we wish Edwards the best, if he’s serious about trying.
And a good start would be to resolve the situation in Cleveland with Edward Givens, if the allegation against Edwards is indeed true.