Are the Jets now the AFC favorite to make the next Super Bowl? From USA Today-
The Browns have traded receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets for a package of players.
Cleveland will receive WR Chansi Stuckey, LB Jason Trusnik and undisclosed draft picks from New York.
Former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, now an ESPN analyst, said the acquisition could benefit Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez.
“Now all of a sudden Sanchez has a guy who can play outside the numbers, a guy that is big and physical that can catch the ball when he’s contested,” Edwards said on the network this morning.
The trade comes just two days after a Cleveland man accused Edwards of assault outside a nightclub in the city. The man is a friend of Cavs star LeBron James, who said Edwards’ alleged assault was motivated by “jealousy.”
The NFL is investigating the incident.
No question this is a big move for the Jets. Don Banks at Sports Illustrated writes-
In taking the Braylon Edwards problem off the Browns’ hands Wednesday, the New York Jets have made another bold move to win now and win big in the AFC East in the first year of the Rex Ryan era.
Edwards is an undeniable talent at receiver, but Cleveland’s 2005 first-round pick has had just one season so far (2007) that was worthy of his No. 3 overall draft slot. Whether or not New York can find a way to mine Edwards’ potential is a calculated risk that at first glance doesn’t appear to have a huge downside for the Jets.
Edwards has been plagued by both dropped passes and off-field maturity issues since his Pro Bowl season of 2007, but the Jets believe they know his warts and can foster an atmosphere that brings out the best in the enigmatic former University of Michigan star. New York is counting on Edwards being happier away from the losing climate that prevailed in Cleveland, and the hope is that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer can quickly mold a significant role for him, with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez feeding him the ball and keeping him interested.
The knock on Edwards in Cleveland has been that he’s not a player who lives and breaths the game as much as he enjoys the fame and lifestyle of an NFL star. Playing in the New York might only end up accentuating that pattern, but the Jets are counting on Edwards to work harder at his craft than he did in Cleveland, and to get on board with a winning program that could potentially showcase his receiving talents.
Playing pro sports in New York City isn’t anything like doing the same in Cleveland. The pressure of fans and the media is incredible, there are also increased temptations for an athlete. All of this could exacerbate Edwards maturity issues rather see them decrease because he is now playing for Super Bowl contender. I wouldn’t call the Jets a successful NFL team. How many times have they been to the conference championship game after winning Super Bowl III? Twice.
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