Braylon Edwards Traded to Jets

Eric Mangini just keeps on giving

By Jennifer Millman
|  Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009  |  Updated 3:24 PM EDT
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Congratulations, Jets fans. Gang Green finally has a formidable wide receiver (no offense, Jerricho). Braylon Edwards will shirk his Cleveland Browns and come to New York, a league source told ESPN.

Edwards got dealt to the Jets in exchange for special teams player Jason Trusnik, wide receiver Chansi Stuckey and two undisclosed draft picks, reports ESPN. The move could give the New York Jets one of the best wide receivers they've had in the last decade. 

And he's yet another gift from Browns head coach Eric Mangini, who got canned by the Jets after the team's poor performance at the end of last season. First Mangini traded draft picks with the Jets to allow Gang Green to nab rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez in the first round of the draft. That move is already paying off for the Jets. And now he's handing over Edwards.

Thanks, Mangenius. You've done more for the Jets in Cleveland than you ever did for them in New York.    

The question remains, however, whether Edwards can hold onto the ball long enough to get into the end zone. 

Edwards, 26, was a headache for the Browns in the offseason, and many speculated a trade to the Jets was in the works. The 6' 3" fifth-year receiver out of Michigan would be an asset to Gang Green's receiving corps, which many had deemed lackluster even before Laveranues Coles was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals. Braylon would be the deep threat the Jets need.

Edwards had a breakout year in 2008, receiving 80 catches for 1289 yards and 16 touchdowns. His production plummeted to just 55 catches for 877 yards and three touchdowns last year amid a rocky quarterback situation and too many dropped balls.

But the young receiver is a force that cannot be ignored by opposing defenses. Edwards' addition will enhance the value of wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and tight end Dustin Keller, giving them more opportunity to get open and get downfield, according to ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning." 

Edwards has had some off-the-field problems, however. The NFL is currently probing allegations into whether he assaulted a nightclub promoter in Cleveland that happens to be buddies with NBA star LeBron James.

In March, he was partying with suspended wide receiver Donte' Stallworth in Miami the evening Stallworth later drove drunk and killed a man who had been trying to cross the street. Edwards wasn't with Stallworth at the time of the accident.

In November, Edwards had to cough up $150 and was required to complete 30 hours of community service after cops caught him driving at 120 mph.

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