x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Jets fly in to land troubled Edwards a fresh start

The New York Jets have added to their offensive options by trading for wide receiver Braylon Edwards from the Cleveland Browns.

The New York Jets have added to their offensive options by trading for wide receiver Braylon Edwards from the Cleveland Browns. Edwards, who has made a disappointing start to the season with just 10 catches for 139 yards so far, is under investigation by the NFL following a nightclub incident in Cleveland on Sunday night.

"Personal conduct is important to me," said the Browns' coach, Eric Mangini. "This is a fresh start for him. In terms of what we were able to do with the trade, it's good for us." "I was very surprised when I heard," said the Browns' linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. "Braylon had his troubles here - whatever issues he had - with the organisation. You never know, and that's the reality of this business. Coach Mangini has a way that he does things. We have to keep doing what we're doing and understand that everybody has to work.

"Everybody has a job to do and everyone's replaceable." "We are excited to have him," said the Jets' general manager, Mike Tannenbaum. "I think he is going to help us be a winning football team." In exchange for Edwards, the Browns get a wide receiver, Chansi Stuckey, and a linebacker, Jason Trusnik, plus undisclosed draft choices. "This is a business and the business is winning," said the Cleveland's Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

"And the man in charge is going to decide if you're helping us win. If you're not, you're going to be gone." Edwards made his name in the 2007 season when he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards, but he has since been unable to match those numbers. Stuckey has started three of the Jets' four games this season and is reunited with former Jets head coach Mangini. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers have signed their first-round draft choice, Michael Crabtree, another wide receiver, to a six-year contract. "It's a lot of relief off my shoulders," said Crabtree.

Negotiations between Crabtree and the 49ers had been going on since the draft and there were reports the player planned to return to the draft next year. The deal is worth US$32million (Dh117.5m), with $17m guaranteed. "Everybody came to a reachable agreement and it happened," Crabtree said, "I'm just glad I'm past that part. I'm very humble right now, man, it's a very humbling experience. Just getting a chance to sit back and better myself as a person, as a player, as a teammate.

"I feel like going through that it made me look at the world in a different way, look at my teammates a different way. Hopefully it will work out for the best." The two-time All-America college star finished his two year career with Texas Tech with 3,127 receiving yards, breaking the previous team record set by Wes Welker. * With agencies