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Thomas Jones for Braylon Edwards?
Posted May. 04 at 03:13 AM
Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that he thinks there's chance Braylon Edwards will be traded to the Jets.
Could make sense. The Browns would probably still like to move Edwards. He's entering the final year of his contract, and Cleveland has other options at the position -- it drafted two wide receivers in the second round (Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi). They've actually got more of need at running back -- Jamal Lewis is getting up there in years.
That's why the Jets look like good trade partners. They need a wide receiver to replace Laveranues Coles, and they might be willing to part with Thomas Jones. Jones had a big year last season, but he's on the wrong side of 30 and wants a new contract. The Jets have other tailbacks -- Leon Washington and third-rounder Shonn Green.
Thomas Jones has been skipping New York's offseason workouts. In Cleveland, Lewis and Edwards (combined) attended only 5 of the first 48 offseason workouts.
Eric Mangini coached New York last year, but that wouldn't necessarily stop the deal from being made. Cleveland already, of course, traded the No. 5 pick of the draft to the Jets, allowing them to select Mark Sanchez.
This one makes some sense.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | May. 04 at 04:09 AM
It would be nice if Mangini continued to help the Jets solve their problems.
Posted by Farhan Hassan | May. 04 at 04:12 AM
I disagree. For all of his issues, Edwards has tons of upside for several years whereas Thomas Jones is at best, a 2 year player. I can see the trade happening if the Jets throw in additional compensation (2nd rounder in 2010 perhaps?) but if a straight up deal does get done, Mangini would have to explain away why he chose Thomas Jones over a 2nd rounder and a 5th rounder that supposedly was on the table from the Giants (especially when he could have selected S. Green or Shady McCoy with the 2nd round pick).
Posted by IAN ALLAN | May. 04 at 04:36 AM
Jets definitely would have to throw in more than just Jones to make the deal work, and that's mentioned in Grossi's piece. Edwards dropped too many passes last year, but in 2007, he looked like he might develop into the league's next great receiver.
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