Braylon Edwards takes physical, likely to rejoin Jets

Braylon Edwards celebrates on his way to defeating

Braylon Edwards celebrates on his way to defeating the Patriots, 28-21, in the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Credit: Getty, 2011)

Braylon Edwards is one step closer to officially rejoining the Jets.

The free-agent wide receiver underwent a physical at the Jets' facility Wednesday, a source confirmed to Newsday, and if he passes it, the team likely will sign him for the third time in five years.

Edwards could give a big boost to the Jets' receivers, one of the team's biggest question marks entering the season. With top threat Santonio Holmes set to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg could use a veteran like Edwards.

The Jets worked out Austin Collie and Laurent Robinson this week, but it appears as if Edwards is about to return.

His first stint in Florham Park began in 2009, when the Mark Sanchez-led Jets reached their first of two consecutive AFC Championship Games. The team, however, chose not to re-sign Edwards after the 2010 season. The Jets claimed him off waivers from the Seahawks last December, and he caught 10 passes for 125 yards in three games.

Edwards has 359 catches for an average of 15.4 yards and 40 touchdowns in eight seasons. His production has declined since 2010, when he averaged 17.1 yards and had seven TDs, but his leadership and experience with Sanchez should help a receiving group that may be without Holmes.

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