Jets receiver Braylon Edwards picked a good time to plead guilty to a DWI without too many people caring.
While a 10-year labor agreement hangs in the balance, Edwards showed up to a Manhattan courtroom to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.
The news comes as a surprise. Edwards was expected to take the issue to trial.
“He’s been waiting for this period of his life for a long time,” said Edwards’ attorney, Peter Frankel. “He wants to put any negativity behind him.”
It’s not totally behind him because it’s unclear if the NFL will punish him for the violation. That could affect his free agent value, but Edwards decided to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.
“I feel good; I feel like it came to a fair conclusion,” Edwards said.
The Jets seem interested in retaining Edwards, but he may just be a fallback plan to keeping Santonio Holmes.