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Jets keeping 'options open' with WR Braylon Edwards
The Jets have expressed interest in re-signing wide receiver Braylon Edwards, but want to “navigate and keep all of their options open,” a source told Newsday Monday.
Edwards, who was awarded off waivers in December, played in the Jets’ final three games last season, catching 10 passes for 125 yards. He didn’t record a touchdown.
Edwards was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury at the time he was awarded from the Seahawks.
The cap-strapped Jets are now looking for free-agent bargains as they try to patch the holes on their roster. The offense currently is in a tenuous state after tight end Dustin Keller and running back Shonn Greene bolted for other teams. (To replace Greene, the Jets signed running back Mike Goodson earlier this week.)
No. 1 wideout Santonio Holmes will be back in 2013 – but at a cheaper rate. His new base salary is $7.5 million, the same guaranteed amount he was due for this season.
Former second-round Stephen Hill and slot receiver Jeremy Kerley are the Jets’ other main weapons.
Edwards, who also was slowed by a knee injury during his brief stint with the Jets last season, caught 88 passes for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns during 2009 and 2010 – the same seasons the Jets went to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. The team, however, chose not to re-sign him the following year.
Given the Jets’ cap constraints, new general manager John Idzik is being particularly patient this offseason.
In other wide-receiver news, it seems unlikely that Chaz Schilens will be back. The unrestricted free agent wanted to return, according to another source, but the Jets “haven’t been as open” to that arrangement.
Schilens caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games (six starts). The oft-injured receiver previously spent four years in Oakland.