Who could have seen this coming?
In all seriousness, this was a great move for not only the Browns, but the Jets and Braylon Edwards himself.
We all know about the drops. We've seen the tantrums on the sidelines. The drunken off field incident with LeBron James' associate proved to be the final straw in the Braylon Edwards saga.
Braylon Edwards is a headcase.
His first five years with the Browns have been filled with drama, discipline and dropped passes. He has alienated himself from the fans with "the Michigan comments" and never quite recovered after that. He has suffered from lapses in concentration which have lead to dropped passes and lackidasical route running.
More than anything, Braylon is not the kind of player Eric Mangini believes in.
Mangini said he wants to build this team with tough, selfless players to whom football is important. While no one can deny his toughness, the other two qualities don't seem to line up with the athlete we know to be Braylon Edwards.
Selfless? Hardly. Look no further than Edwards' Twitter page to see just how 'selfless' he really is.
On August 19th at 10:58am, Edwards tweeted: "Hey guys check out the story on my efforts off the field: http://bit.ly/3QISUc "News flash Braylon: selfless players don't promote their good works in the community. They give back out of kindness without expecting to receive attention or accolades.
Going back to what Eric Mangini said about players, does anyone believe football comes first with Edwards?
I sure don't.
While it's entirely possible he enjoys playing the game, he likely sees football as an avenue toward bigger and better things. If he didn't, then why would he chat up former Ravens' free safety Will Demps about modeling during a game ?
Braylon Edwards might not be selfless, but the two players the Browns received from the Jets definitely fit the bill. Chansi Stuckey is a wide receiver drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Nothing came easy for Chansi. He was not guaranteed millions before he took his first snap. He had to fight just to make the roster, and that gives Stuckey a greater appreciation of where he is and the opportunuty at his feet.
Similarly, Jason Trusnik had to work his way from undrafted obscurity to where he is now. By most accounts, Trusnik is an outstanding special teams player who genuinely enjoys the game of football. He has good size as a linebacker, and seems dedicated to his craft.
With the addition of two additional draft picks, you can't help but be pleased at what the Browns gained from the trade.
Braylon Edwards wanted to be a star and he'll get his chance in the biggest city of them all.
Thank you Braylon for your time in Cleveland.
I don't know what time your flight out of Cleveland leaves, but I hope you catch it.