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Braylon won’t be back on Broadway

Braylon Edwards AP

Maybe the recent rash of NFL DUIs conjured bad memories.

Regardless of the precise reason, receiver Braylon Edwards won’t be regaining his “New York essence” any time soon.

Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that the Jets have decided against signing Edwards, who most recently played for the team in 2010.  Last season, the Jets acquired Plaxico Burress to replace Edwards, who signed with the 49ers and eventually was cut after knee problems limited him to nine games and an Ocho-style 15 catches.  Burress, like Edwards, is now looking for work.

Before the draft, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum said he wouldn’t rule out Edwards, based in part on his “intense practice habits.”

Since the draft — and more specifically in round two of it — the Jets acquired Stephen Hill.  Moreover, the Jets apparently are shifting toward an attack that relies more heavily on the running game, which means that a guy like Edwards could be a luxury they simply don’t need.  (Which is sort of the definition of a luxury, but work with me on this, please.)

The third overall pick in the 2005 draft had his biggest season in 2007, with 80 catches for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.  The Browns traded Edwards to the Jets during the 2009 season, with the Jets sending a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick to Cleveland.  He generated 541 receiving yards in 12 regular-season games during his first year with the Jets, and 904 yards in 2010.

Edwards’ biggest impact came in the postseason, with an 80-yard touchdown catch against the Colts in the 2009 AFC title game, and a 15-yard touchdown reception against the Patriots in the 2010 AFC divisional round.

But it was a September 2010 drunk driving incident for which Edwards became most notorious.  With Giants offensive lineman David Diehl capping a three-DUIs-in-two-weekends trend, the Jets may have decided that they don’t want to take another chance at Edwards generating the wrong kind of headlines.

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12 Responses to “Braylon won’t be back on Broadway”
  1. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 18, 2012 8:19 AM

    Just another wide receiver who talked a better game than he could consistently play. Bum.

  2. peytonwantsaflag says: Jun 18, 2012 8:24 AM

    Not really sure why we need the knock on Ochocinco here.

  3. blowtorch1964 says: Jun 18, 2012 8:37 AM

    I doubt his DUI figured into the decision, it’s more likely the knee and the needs at the position.

    Edwards should still have plenty left, I think he’s 30 and still in his prime.

  4. ksm31311 says: Jun 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    Manos de Piedra your 15 minutes are over…

  5. diesel23 says: Jun 18, 2012 9:28 AM

    Another diva wide receiver that is just trying to prove he belongs in the NFL

  6. ravenmuscle says: Jun 18, 2012 9:57 AM

    By the way…since OCHO recently got married…I recall his wife demanded OCHO..”the idiot” changed his name back to Chad Johnson.

    CHAD never looked very hispanic to me anyway.

  7. ravenmuscle says: Jun 18, 2012 10:04 AM

    Another thing….why don’t these black players stay what they are…I remember Bobby Moore changed his name to Ahmad Rashad. Why go around giving the impression you are a muslim BOMB MAKER or suicide bomber.

    I still remember Cassius Clay being the greatest boxer of ALLLL TIIIME

    Don’t see Ben Roethlisberger changing his name to Achmed Al Karreeemi anytime soon.

  8. gallogj says: Jun 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    Maybe Nestle is hiring for a Butterfinger spokesman?

  9. jimthebuilder27 says: Jun 18, 2012 12:35 PM

    Yeah he had a DUI and the NFL demonstrated a huge double-standard by not even disciplining him. Useless Goodell dropped the ball on that one!

  10. rajbais says: Jun 18, 2012 3:14 PM

    Braylon Edwards: the most under-criticized wide receiver ever!!!

    Although, I will agree with him on this: there’s nothing happening in Cleveland!!!

  11. brownsbacker44 says: Jun 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    There’s never a bad time to talk about how stupid Ocho is and Edwards has always been a turd in my book.

  12. ericbleedspurple says: Jun 18, 2012 11:31 PM

    Roethlismerger may not change his name but I wouldn’t use an accused rapist as an example. How dumb.

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