Jets not confident enough in Edwards to offer long-term deal

Posted Jan. 20, 2010 @ 1:26 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Jets are expected to offer WR Braylon Edwards a one-year tender when he becomes a restricted free agent in March, and they will pass on the opportunity to lock him up with a long-term deal, although Edwards would most likely be interested in discussing one. There are reports that the Jets will tender the fifth-year veteran at the highest possible level — a team would have to give up first- and third-round picks to sign him away. Sources said the Jets are not confident enough in the receiver to give him a long-term deal at this point. Edwards apparently has been a good teammate and has fit in well since getting dealt from the Browns in October for WR Chansi Stuckey, LB Jason Trusnik and two draft picks, but the NFL is reviewing the assault charges that were brought against Edwards just before he was traded. He could face a suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy at the start of the 2010 season. As far as on-field performance goes, drops have been a problem for Edwards throughout his career and the issue was on display in the Jets' playoff win over the Bengals, when he dropped a would-be TD pass in the endzone, which is also a concern for the team.

 

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