Today is a big day for NFL wide receivers. Braylon Edwards, the embattled Cleveland Browns WR who recently gained as much notoriety for punching LeBron‘s friend as he has for dropping passes and drinking 5 Hour Energy, has been traded to the New York Jets for #2 WR Chansey Stuckey, LOLB / special teams expert Jason Trusnik, and two draft picks. Edwards has been inconsistent in his five year career, both on and off the field. He’s has been somewhat productive, but not spectacular, with his breakout season coming in 2007, when he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards, resulting in 16 touchdowns while bringing Cleveland inches away from their first playoff appearance since 2002. His off the field antics, however have played a big role throughout his career. He was fined and required to perform community service after being caught driving 120 MPH, and he also was partying with Donte Stallworth the night of his drunk driving incident. Of course, most recently (last week) he punched a friend of LeBron James outside a night club in Cleveland, a man who is apparently eight inches shorter and eighty pounds lighter than him. Whether Edwards finds his stride in New York and consistently performs like the player who has shown flashes of brilliance, and the person who has shown , only time will tell. However, if you’re a Jets fan, you should be excited
In other NFL News, Rookie WR Holdout Michael Crabtree has (finally!) signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree, who fell to the tenth spot in this year’s NFL Draft, has been holding out in hopes of being paid like a top five pick. The financial details of his deal haven’t been disclosed, but the contract runs for six years with a performance-based opt out after his fifth year. Congrats to Crabtree for finally manning up and deciding that playing in the NFL is the only way to prove he’s worth all that money.