FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Jets free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards told reporters waiting outside a courtroom in Manhattan that he wants to stay with the Jets in 2011 on Monday afternoon.
The All-Pro receiver was in court to get his September 21 drunken-driving case thrown out. Edwards’ attorney, Peter J. Frankel, filed a motion to suppress the field sobriety test from his DUI arrest. Frankel said that Edwards is well aware of the implications involving this case, especially with his impending free agency in limbo with the current state of the NFL labor negotiations. His arrest in September violated his probation, which he received for an altercation in a Cleveland nightclub involving former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James and his entourage. Edwards is due back in court on May 16.
“He understands that it’s a very important time in his life and he wants to get through this the best way he can,” Frankel said. “He’s doing all the right things.”
After his appearance Edwards reiterated that, if given the opportunity, he would love to come back to the team, concluding with; “And, one more time, I love being a Jet.” Edwards did confirm that he has spoken with general manager Mike Tannebaum and head coach Rex Ryan, but only from a checking-in standpoint.
“Just catching up moreso, wasn’t anything about football,” Edwards said. “The interest is there on their side. The interest is there on my side we just got to put it together and see what happens.”
In 2010 Edwards posted his best season since his breakout All-Pro 2007 season with the Browns (80 rec, 1248 yards, 16 TDs), tallying 53 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. During the Jets playoff run to their second-straight AFC Championship game, Edwards played a pivotal role in their road wins over Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Since his fallout with the law, Edwards has also emerged as a leader to the Jets.
Edwards’ receiving counterpart, Santonio Holmes also quickly discussed his future with the team in a recent video shot for Soletron on Facebook, in which Holmes’ confidently references his eventual return with the Jets.
“Trust me, as soon as I sign back with the Jets, everything will be taken care of,” Holmes said.
Holmes was an intricate part in the evolution and maturation of second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, and in conjunction, an intricate part of the team staying in playoff contention throughout the regular season. After sitting out the first four games due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Holmes aided in four comeback victories occurring from Week 6 at Denver to Week 11 against Houston. His big-time play-making abilities when it counted most made it easy for the Jets to place the highest tender (first and third round) on the fifth-year Ohio State product.
For the season he posted 52 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns.
The tandem of Edwards and Holmes, coupled with Jerricho Cotchery and free-agent-t0-be Brad Smith, gave the Jets one of the most dynamic receiving corps in the NFL. Add another year to Sanchez’s maturation and thoughts of an explosive 2011 offense leave Jets fans’ mouths salivating.
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