Braylon Edwards’ career with the New York Jets – and possibly the NFL – has come to an end.
Edwards was released by the team a day before teams were required to cut down their roster from 90 to 75 players. Teams often release players early to give athletes an opportunity to land a job with someone else in free agency. Time will tell if another team gives Edwards a chance.
The release does not come as a huge surprise.
Edwards missed practice last week due to a leg injury. He was buried behind Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates on New York’s depth charts, and was playing later in games with second and third-string players. When the Jets signed Mohamed Massaquoi this past week, and Holmes was moved from the physically unable to perform list to New York's active roster, Edwards’ fate was sealed.
New York re-signed Edwards last month because Santonio Holmes was recovering from a surgically repaired foot. Edwards and Mark Sanchez had chemistry in the past, but is clearly different from the player who entered the league as a first-round pick (third overall) with Cleveland in 2005.
Edwards has compiled 359 receptions for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns during nine NFL seasons. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after amassing 1,289 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns for the Browns, but it was the only year Edwards has over 1,000 receiving yards in his career.