The Jets talked tough earlier today about receiver Braylon Edwards. It could be that their bark will have some bite.
G.M. Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday that the Jets “will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures” against Edwards in the wake of his early-morning arrest for DUI.
The problem is that, technically, it’s not appropriate for the Jets to impose any disciplinary measures. The labor deal places these matters within the exclusive jurisdiction of the league. In theory, the team can do nothing.
But if Edwards isn’t inclined to fight, it won’t matter. And Edwards likely won’t want to compound the distraction he created by creating an even bigger distraction via an expedited arbitration aimed at forcing his way into the lineup for Sunday night’s game against Miami.
And even if he fights it, the time arguably has come for accountability. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com quotes an unnamed player who lashed out at Edwards.
“It’s ridiculous,” the player said. “First, we have a program in place to prevent
this exact thing. Second, he’s in a contract year and if he can’t keep
his nose clean this year, how about when he gets a new contract? He has
money to call for a ride.
“It’s unacceptable because now his
teammates have to answer questions on that instead of focusing on
Miami. Some people can’t handle a little
success. . . . We just started putting that reporter stuff behind us, and
now this. They should fine him to the max. This is just stupid.”
It is stupid, and regardless of how it all turns out Edwards may have done more to help Santonio Holmes get a contract extension than Holmes could do in the 12 games he’ll play after his own suspension under the substance-abuse policy ends.