Jets Viewed Braylon Edwards as a ‘Diva’
Considering the Jets chose to sign Cheddar Bob over bringing back Braylon Edwards, it is probably safe to assume they didn’t think too highly of the latter. For one thing, Edwards was in search of a contract he isn’t worth. While he had a productive season in New York last year (53 catches, 904 yards, 7 touchdowns) and was a factor in the postseason, the Jets focused their attention on retaining Santonio Holmes and signing the cheaper, fresh out of prison Plaxico Burress. Plus, the Jets’ brass thought he was a diva.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, New York had no intention of bringing Edwards back. While on the surface it may have appeared that Braylon’s DUI was not a problem with the Jets, it was definitely a factor in their decision to let him walk. For a guy who drops so many passes, Edwards sure does enjoy busting out a dance here or there. Even an organization with a coach like Rex Ryan can grow tired of those kinds of antics.
On another note, I think New York is starting to develop a pattern at the wide receiver position. It would appear having some sort of baggage to bring along is a requirement if you want to catch passes for the Jets. The Jets made resigning the outspoken Holmes their top priority this offseason. When they decided to move on from Edwards, they considered options like Randy Moss before making New Jersey Burress’ post-imprisonment landing spot. Then again, one could argue the NFL is running out of baggage-less receivers.
H/T to Pro Football Talk