Braylon Edwards returns to Jets after he is claimed off waivers
A week after Braylon Edwards ripped the Jets' front office, the team claimed the outspoken wide receiver off waivers from Seattle Tuesday.
The Jets did not officially announce the signing of Edwards, but he tweeted Tuesday that he was returning to the team that he helped get to the AFC championship games after the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
"It feels great to be going home," tweeted the wide receiver, who was waived from injured reserve by the Seahawks on Monday. "Thanks to all of jet nation that continuously supported me and pushed for me. I'm back and it's go time."
The Jets, who were the only team to put in a claim for Edwards, will assume his base salary of $825,000. The team released running back Kahlil Bell to make room for Edwards.
His return not only bolsters a depleted wide receiver corps, but it also means Mark Sanchez has another very vocal ally in the locker room.
"Don't blame Sanchez," Edwards wrote. "I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will [prove] it when given a proper chance."
He later apologized for his "emotional outburst," but was cut by the Seahawks that same day with a waived/injured designation. But with few free-agent options available, the Jets were able to overlook Edwards' criticism.
Sanchez, of course, was pleased to hear the news.
"That's great. It's awesome. He'll be able to fit right in," the Jets quarterback told reporters at a Christmas carnival event in Newark hosted by right guard Brandon Moore. " . . .We have chemistry together. I feel confident throwing him the ball."
With injuries mounting on offense -- and the Jets (6-7) one game out of a playoff spot -- Sanchez needs all the help he can get. Rookie Stephen Hill sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee on Sunday, and it's unclear how much time he'll miss. Tight end Dustin Keller is nursing an ankle injury and Clyde Gates is sidelined with a concussion. Although Ryan is hoping Keller and Gates will be able to play Monday night, slot receiver Jeremy Kerley and backup tight end Jeff Cumberland currently are the Jets' top receiving options.
During Edwards' two-year tenure under Ryan, he caught 88 passes for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns in 28 games. The team, however, chose not to re-sign him after the 2010 season.
Since then, the Jets' offense has sputtered.
According to a recent CBS Sports report, the Jets approached Seattle about trading for Edwards long before the Week 8 trade deadline. But the Seahawks, at the time, were still interested in holding onto him.
Asked on Monday about the Jets' level of interest in signing Edwards, Ryan said: "Right now, I just think we'll focus on the guys we have." At the time, Edwards still was technically Seattle property.
But he was fair game later that day when Seattle waived him from injured reserve. Since leaving the Jets after the 2010 season, he has 23 receptions for 255 yards and one TD in 19 games with the 49ers and Seahawks.