Following the 2010 season, the Jets had to make the difficult choice of keeping either Holmes or Edwards since they wanted to have the money to be able to pursue other free agents to fill needs. New York considered Holmes the bigger playmaker and signed him to a five-year deal, while Edwards made it clear he'd prefer to return to the Jets at the right price.
That never came, and Edwards eventually signed with the 49ers. During the past offseason, Edwards tweeted regularly about his progress in his recovery from a knee injury that cut short his stint in San Francisco. But, the wide receiver still never heard from the Jets, who went out and drafted Hill — a similar-type receiver — out of Georgia Tech in the second round.
"To not get a phone call or not get an invite to see what was going on," Edwards said, "that's when I mentally (thought), 'Well, it's not going to happen. Let's move on and get myself prepared to play in another situation.'"
So, he signed with Seattle and had a limited role there before tweaking his hamstring while running a route on Dec. 2 at Chicago. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Seattle-area reporters Wednesday that the team thought Edwards would be sidelined another three weeks, so it decided to move on.
"I don't think Pete has an M.D.," Edwards said with a laugh. "I'm just joking. That was what they thought. That was his opinion and everybody is entitled to their (opinion). The Jets have a different opinion."
The 29-year-old Edwards, who had no catches against the Jets in Seattle back on Nov. 11, is still a terrific blocker. And he is a good fit for Tony Sparano's run-first offense. He also has a good history with Sanchez, catching 88 passes for 11 touchdowns in two seasons with the Jets. The two also linked up for an 80-yard reception, the longest in the team's postseason history, against Indianapolis in the 2009 playoffs.
"He's one of those guys that knows how to run routes," Sanchez said. "He's played for a long time, understands coverages and picks up things quickly. We're excited to have him back,"
Edwards has also been a personal favorite of Ryan, who routinely praised the receiver during his first stint in New York.
"I was happy to see him, despite the obvious comment," Ryan said with a smile, before adding later: "He knows what I've always thought about Braylon. I've always been a big fan of Braylon's because I like the way he plays. So I think that comment, please. ... There's things privately where I've been called a lot worse from players."
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