Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards Traded to the New York Jets, and It's Good for the Browns

Braylon Edwards thought people disliked him because of his college past. He was probably right to an extent. So long, buddy.The Braylon Edwards era – the one of dropped passes, off-the-field (and on-the-field, for that matter) altercations, a conspiracy of hatred because of a Michigan background, and one great season in 2007 – is finally over.  The Browns have traded Edwards to the New York Jets – no surprise there – for WR Chansi Stuckey, special teams player Jason Trusnik, and two draft picks.  The picks are apparently are third and fifth rounders, but the third could turn into a second-round pick should Edwards have a certain number of receptions this season.

Stuckey was the #2 receiver in New York, and Trusnik, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio Northern in 2007, was named the AFC special teams player of the week in Week Three.  Trusnik, besides being a great special teams player, is also a backup linebacker.

I said it was pretty much a guarantee to see Braylon gone by next season, but his departure came sooner than expected.  However, I don’t think anyone in Cleveland is lamenting this deal, especially if Edwards turns into a second-round pick for the Browns.  After Edwards’ latest mistake of beating up LeBron James’ friend, it was only a matter of time before Eric Mangini dumped Edwards onto some other team.  It also relieves the Browns of this headache, and allows the team to finally move in a new direction.

Sure, this gives the Jets their supposed final piece of the puzzle, but it also opens up the Browns receiving corps to a number of options…and questions.  What will this do to the value of Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi?  Given the chemistry between Massaquoi and Derek Anderson in last week’s game, one can probably expect to see some good numbers from him.  Better yet, we finally get a chance to see Brian Robiskie.  This trade might seem like a complete destruction of the team’s receivers to some, but what are the Browns really losing here but a completely erratic player who no one in Cleveland ever seemed to like?  On the bright side, Massaquoi looks like he will inherit Edwards’ big play potential.  Let’s not forget the importance of Stuckey in all of this as well.

Who here wonders if LeBron James called up the Browns and requested Edwards’ trade?

(I’m just kidding.  Sort of.)

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  • Joe B

    This just in….Braylon Edwards has surpassed the American population of pubecent boys in the category of “dropped balls”

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    well hell, if lebron wanted edwards out of town maybe he’ll come catch passes for ya’ll. it worked for micheal jordan and baseball. deion sanders, bo jackson, so maybe it’s lebron that’s jealous and wants to be the next 2 sport mamba boy. his ego is big enough? i think thats a good idea, lets see if it happens. i think they gave hin away when did’nt the giants have a #1 on the table at the draft? mistake. only in the fact that they got shit for him and he will be big for the jets. because buddy junior will get it out of him and mangenious can’t scratch his ass and walk at the same time. and tell me i’m wrong about that one. sorry to be so fecicious browns fans, but mangenios screwed you guys bad.

  • gobucks1

    Glad to see it. He was gone at the end of this year anyhow, so at least we got something for him. The only bad(could end up being good)thing is that this puts a lot of pressure on the rookie WRs, especially with the difficulty the offense has had scoring points.

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