Braylon Edwards: Stay or Go? Part 1: Introduction

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: (FILE PHOTO) Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets scores a two point conversion against Terrence Wheatley #22 of the New England Patriots during their game on September 19 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. It was reported that wide receiver Braylon Edwards of the New York Jets was pulled over and then arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated early in the morning on September 21 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Braylon Edwards was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the third pick of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Michigan, where he was a standout. In his final game in college, Braylon caught 3 touchdown passes against Texas in the Rose Bowl from future division rival Chad Henne. Edwards' time in Cleveland was something of a roller coaster.

A holdout kept him out of training camp his rookie year, and a staph infection limited him to 10 games. He was Cleveland's leading receiver his second season and appeared to break out with a 1,289 yard, 12 touchdown season in 2007.

Things fell apart from that point. He had a much less productive 2008 campaign, where he led the league in drops. This along with an ugly contract dispute and an altercation with LeBron James' friend that led to legal problems led the Browns to trade Edwards to the Jets early in the 2009 season.

Edwards put together a productive two years in green and white, particularly benefiting from the development of Mark Sanchez in 2010. Despite being one of many weapons in the passing game, which limited his opportunities, Edwards amassed over 900 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. More off field troubles followed, namely a DUI arrest still pending in the courts before a Week 3 game against the Dolphins.

Now Edwards is an unrestricted free agent, and the Jets have a decision to make.

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