The New York Jets have reached a deal with the Cleveland Browns to bring wide receiver and 5-Hour Energy enthusiast Braylon Edwards into the fold. Getting young quarterback Mark Sanchez a proven second playmaker at wideout cost the Jets wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and undisclosed draft choices.
The trade comes in the midst of an investigation of what happened outside of a Cleveland nightclub early Monday morning, when Edwards allegedly punched promoter Edwards Givens, who happens to be BFFs with LeBron James. No charges have been filed yet, but the incident could be disciplined by NFL brass.
Edwards was also drinking with fellow wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth in Miami the night Stallworth killed a pedestrian on his way home and he was given 30 hours of community service after being busted for going 120 mph in a seperate incident.
There’s a theory floating around right now that says the troubled wide receiver’s punch was more of a calculated move than a knee-jerk reaction. Over at CBS Sports, they’re talking about how by throwing his fists, Edwards got exactly what he wanted.
It’s also worth pointing out that a change of scenery in New York doesn’t excatly guarantee he and James won’t cross paths again. The Cavaliers’ All-Everything star will become the game’s highest-profile free agent after this year, and the Knicks are considered frontrunners in the sweepstakes to land him.
Jets acquire WR Braylon Edwards from Browns (AP)
Edwards punches his way out? (CBS Sports)