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Burress, Moss among alternatives if Jets don't re-sign Edwards

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By Kevin Fishbain

One of the bigger free-agent questions that remains unanswered during the lockout is who will be playing wide receiver for the Jets in 2011. Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith are all set to be free agents, although Holmes and Smith received restricted free-agent tenders.

We are still hearing that Holmes, the best playmaker, is the team's top priority. Edwards has said he is willing to take a discount to stay in New York, and despite his legal troubles, he would be an asset should he return. QB Mark Sanchez needs a tall receiver because of his occasional accuracy issues, and Edwards was known to bail him out at times last season.

The longer the lockout lasts, the more likely Edwards would choose to stay in New York as opposed to going elsewhere and having to hurry to learn a team's offense. But his uncertain future with the club has brought up the potential of the team bringing in either Randy Moss or Plaxico Burress. Both are tall receivers that come with a host of baggage, but the Jets have a very good support system for players with problems in the past, and if any team would take a flier on Moss or Burress, the Jets and Rex Ryan are sure to be a possibility.

As appealing as Burress might sound in the Jets' offense, he might want his next destination to be away from the area where he got into trouble. The veterans are considered cheaper alternatives, but only if the team can't come to terms with Edwards.

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