Jets need a WR, Braylon is available
December, 10, 2012
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Greg TrottCould Braylon Edwards return to the Jets to revive their depleted wide receiver corps?
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets may need a wide receiver to replace injured rookie Stephen Hill and a familiar face became available Monday -- Braylon Edwards, who was waived from the Seahawks' injured reserve.
It would seem unlikely, considering Edwards last week referred to the Jets' front office as "idiots" for the way it has treated QB Mark Sanchez. Then again, stranger reunions have occurred in the NFL.
The Jets are strongly considering Edwards, sources said. They can acquire him by submitting a waiver claim or signing him as a free agent if he clears waivers. Considering the paucity of available receivers, the Jets appear willing to try a three-game rental.
Edwards played well for the Jets in 2009 and 2010, developing a rapport with Sanchez. Since then, he has only 23 receptions and one touchdown. Edwards, slowed by a knee injury, played for the 49ers in 2011, the Seahawks this season. He was waived/injured last week after ripping the Jets on Twitter; his rights reverted to the Seahawks.
"Don't blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots," Edwards tweeted after Sanchez was benched against the Cardinals. He apologized in a tweet, saying it was an "emotional" outburst.
Now the Jets are down to only two healthy receivers that began the season on their roster -- Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley. Hill sprained his knee Sunday and is out indefinitely. Clyde Gates still is recovering from a concussion. They also have Mardy Gilyard, whom they recently signed off the street.
Rex Ryan was asked Monday if they might consider Edwards.
"You guys know what I've always said about Braylon in the past, so you know how I feel about him," Ryan said. "But right now, I think we'll just focus on the guys we have."
Ryan noted that Edwards was still on the Seahawks' IR list. But a few hours later, he was waived.
Interestingly, CBS Sports reported Sunday that the Jets had expressed an interest in trading for Edwards before the trading deadline in Week 8. That came in the aftermath of Santonio Holmes' season-ending injury.
On Monday, the Jets signed WR Titus Ryan to the practice squad, along with LB JoJo Dickson. They released WR Eddie McGee and DT Matt Hardison.
They also worked out three free-agent receivers, according to a source -- Emmanuel Arnceneaux, Ramon Radway and Ryan.