I didn't see this posted anywhere...sorry if it was and I missed it.
Despite numerous dimwitted actions and statements over the years, Braylon Edwards was still one of my favorite Jets. First jersey I've bought since Kyle Brady...I didn't want to jinx anyone, but maybe I did; other jerseys I've purchased in the past were Toon before retirement due to concussions, Starks before he disappeared, and a custom made Brett Lindros Islanders jersey before he retired after too many concussions in his rookie year.
Anyway, I've been surprised and upset that we didn't keep Braylon, partly (I must admit) because I'm a Michigan alum, but mostly because I thought the DUI would finally get him to wake up, grow up off the field, and become the Pro-Bowl caliber receiver that he's been before. It's a sad sign when a team signs Plaxico Burress over you because they're worried about your character and off-the-field issues.
This happened after we signed Burress (and obviously decided not to retain Braylon), but I guess our management had some prescience and knew what they were doing:
This isn't the end of the world for him (he probably won't be in legal trouble), but the people in his entourage, his tweet, and then his attempted cover up are clear evidence of his continued boneheadedness. I've seen him respond to discipline (Lloyd Carr made him run the steps at Michigan Stadium every morning to earn the #1 jersey), do so many great things for charity (keeping his promise to fund college for so many students, giving tons of money to Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor), and absolutely dominate in games (rookie year in Cleveland, senior season at Michigan, especially the Michigan State game AKA "Braylonfest"), that I still hope he eventually gets his act together and returns to dominant form. I had been a Braylon > Holmes guy (preferring re-signing both, even if that meant we lose Cromartie and go with Wilson), but now understand why we won't be the team to give him yet another chance to do that.