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Jets move to retain Braylon for next season

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17)

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards (17) catches a 13 yard touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills. (December 3, 2009) Credit: AP

After missing the playoffs the first four years of his NFL career, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards is now one step away from the Super Bowl and loving every minute of it.

"I feel like I'm home," he said. "This is where I was destined to be."

And it looks like the Jets will be his home next season, too. The Jets plan to retain Edwards next season as a restricted free agent, Newsday has learned. According to a source familiar with the team's plans, the Jets will place a contract tender that would require a team to give the Jets first- and third-round picks if it wants to sign Edwards.

Edwards has played five NFL seasons, which would normally make him a free agent in the offseason. But because the NFL is not expected to have a salary cap next year because of stalled negotiations on a new agreement with the players union, free agency goes from four to six seasons, making Edwards a restricted free agent.

The Jets will look to sign Edwards to a long-term contract but at least have the flexibility to sign him to a one-year deal. "Coming from where I've come from, yeah, it's definitely hard to imagine," said Edwards, who has four catches for 56 yards in the Jets' two playoff wins.

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