Jets bring back Braylon Edwards on one-year deal

7/25/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) runs the ball after a catch during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Bills beat the Jets 28 to 9.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Jets have a ton of holes on their roster, but none may be worse than their complete lack of weapons in the passing game. Jeremy Kerley was a nice surprise last season, leading the receiving core with 59 receptions and 827 yards, but the next leading receiver was backup tight end Jeff Cumberland with 29 catches for 359 yards. Third and fourth receiving leaders - Dustin Keller and Chaz Schilens - both left via free agency. Santonio Holmes, who entered 2012 as the team's No. 1 receiver, is dealing with a foot injury and may not be ready for Week 1.

Wide receiver was obviously a position that the Jets needed to address this offseason, and they failed to bring in any quality additions. They recently decided to turn to a scarce free agent market and saw a familiar face - Braylon Edwards. It was reported early Wednesday that Edwards would be signed by the Jets if he could pass a physical, and he has since passed that physical and has officially signed with Gang Green.

A former third overall pick, Edwards looked like a potential superstar when he exploded for 80 catches, 1,289 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns during his third season in the league at the age of 24. However, that would prove to be his only Pro Bowl season, as he has not topped 55 catches or 904 yards since. Over the past two seasons, Edwards has caught only 33 passes for 380 yards and one touchdown.

Edwards had his second stint with the Jets last year after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks midseason. He played three games for the Jets, catching 10 passes for 125 yards.

Despite his sharp decline in production, he remains a big, athletic body (6'3'', 214), and he'll have a great shot at getting his career back on track in New York. As I said, there is a solid chance that Holmes is not ready to play Week 1. The Jets will likely use Kerley as their slot receiver, leaving Edwards to battle with the likes of Stephen Hill and Ben Obomanu for the No. 1 split end job. If he can stay healthy, Edwards appears to be the favorite to start Week 1.
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