Tag:Braylon Edwards
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 11:43 am

Who to blame for V-Jax no trade: Smith or Vikes?

Posted by Andy Benoit

We'll take one more look at the Vincent Jackson trade saga and then move on -- hopefully for good.

There are two ways to look at why Jackson did not get traded Wednesday: A.J. Smith took his hardball act too far, or the Minnesota Vikings were too cautious. Your opinion depends on your view of the Vikings. V. Jackson (US Presswire)

First, let’s make sure we’re clear on what happened. John Clayton of ESPN.com has an excellent piece covering what went down with all the teams interested in trading for Jackson before Wednesday’s deadline. Five teams have been in the V-Jax running: Washington, Detroit, St. Louis, Seattle and Minnesota.

According to Clayton’s sources, Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest prompted the owners of the Seahawks and Rams to pull out. (Jackson is currently serving an NFL-mandated three-game suspension for multiple DUI’s; the PR hit for acquiring him this week would have been too significant). From the sound of things, the Lions and Redskins pulled out early on – either when A.J. Smith was demanding a first- and third-round pick for Jackson, or when he lowered that demand to two second-round picks (which is what the Broncos got for Brandon Marshall).

After the season started, the Vikings started making calls about Jackson. This week, they were the only team seriously vying for the wideout’s services. By then Smith was willing to trade Jackson for a second- and fourth-round pick, as long as the Vikings would sign Jackson to a one-year, $6 million contract.

But the Vikings didn’t want to give up the picks. And that’s where the debate begins.

It’s amazing how much value teams place in draft picks. In many ways, it shows arrogance. Do the Vikings really think they’re gong to find a player as good as Jackson in the second or fourth round? Granted, they found Sidney Rice in the second round a few years ago. But they also found safety Tyrell Johnson and offensive lineman Ryan Cook in the second round. Neither is a starter. Jackson has already proven to be a star.

Besides, word is, the Vikings were willing to trade a second-rounder and a compensatory pick. That means they wouldn’t budge on the fourth-rounder. Since when is a fourth-rounder a deal-breaker when talking about a Pro Bowl caliber receiver?

Maybe, deep down, Minnesota did not want to pay $6 million for 10 games of Jackson’s services. That would be make sense…if they weren’t paying $20 million for Brett Favre’s services. They’ve put all their chips in the 2010 basket. Why abandon that method now?
In all likelihood, the Vikings must not have thought they could (or would) sign Jackson to a long-term contract after this season. If that’s the case, then a second- and fourth-round draft pick could be too much to surrender. But again, they were willing to part with the second-rounder…

By passing on Jackson, the Vikings are making a few risky assumptions, such as:

a.) Sidney Rice being a long-term No. 1 (he was great last season, but he’s shown questionable work ethic at times, and his hip injury raised a lot of eyebrows)

b.) Bernard Berrian being a solid starter (safe bet, though Berrian has certain flaws that defenses can exploit at times)

c.) Percy Harvin being a long-term playmaker (you may have heard he has some migraine issues).

d.) Greg Camarillo being a viable possession receiver (he is, but why in the world has the newly-acquired ex-Dolphin not played more thus far?).

Of course, maybe we should be criticizing Smith more than the Vikings. If Jackson walks away as a free agent in 2011, as many expect, the Charges would receive a compensatory third-round pick in 2012. Maybe Smith should have lowered his asking price to a simple second-rounder for 2011.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:32 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 11:44 am

Hot Routes 9.23.10 sober but still volatile

Posted by Andy Benoit

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The Patriots extended their naming-rights deal with Gillette to 2031. This likely means another 20 years of seeing those razors painted near mid-field in New England.M. Singletary (US Presswire)

Anyone who saw Mike Singletary’s testy interview with KPIX’s Dennis O’Donnell last week will be disappointed to know that the 49ers and KPIX have jointly agreed to replace O’Donnell with Kim Coyle.

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is out with a right leg injury that was originally called a calf problem but, according to Pete Carroll, is closer to the Achilles. (This likely means it is an Achilles injury since there isn’t anything particularly close to the Achilles, except, of course, the calf.) Call this karmic justice – Hill probably should have been suspended for more than just Week 1 anyway.

Very few teams are scrutinized enough to have stories written about their kickers struggling in practice. Unfortunately for David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?....Buehler?), the Cowboys are one of those teams.

Besides acting like a punk about his DWI arrest and saying he doesn’t understand why it’s a black eye for the organization, there’s another reason to find Braylon Edwards’ behavior this week reproachable and inexcusable: Two years ago, Edwards was one of the men drinking earlier in the night with Donte Stallworth hours before Stallworth drove home and hit and killed Mario Reyes.

Derrick Mason is not speaking to the media for the rest of the season. This is big news for Baltimore journalists because Mason is one of the better interviews in the league. Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun is holding out hope that the veteran wideout will still blow a fuse sometime in November, though.

More Ravens news, linebacker Tavares Gooden is out at least a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.

Beanie Wells told reporters he will definitely play Sunday. Sounds like someone saw Tim Hightower’s 80-yard touchdown run last week.

The Panthers are having a little trouble finding a quality No. 2 receiver. Fortunately, not having a No 2 receiver is not a big deal when you don’t even have a No. 1 quarterback.

Safety Kareem Moore is finally back for the Redskins. Left tackle Trent Williams did not practice Wednesday due to a sprained knee, but he’s expected to play Sunday. (We can assume that, even while sitting out, Williams still had a better practice than replacement Stephon Heyer.)

Chris Johnson responded to Hines Ward’s assertion that he “gave up” after being hit so many times by the Steelers last Sunday.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:32 am

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the next nine months during the collective bargaining negotiations, the NFL could try to convince the Players Union to sign off on stricter guidelines for DUI violations.

Bob Glauber of News Days writes:

According to people familiar with the situation, the NFL repeatedly has pressed the NFLPA to increase the level of discipline for first-time DUIs to a suspension of up to four games. Each time, the union rejected the idea.

I'm told the Jets were prepared to deactivate (Braylon) Edwards for Sunday night's game but were concerned the union would try to block the move.

Said union spokesman George Atallah: "What we've said is that if there are any changes made to either the personal-conduct policy or the substance-abuse policy is that it has to be done through collective bargaining."

Since 2000, about 28 percent of arrests in the NFL each year have been for drunken driving, making it by far the league’s most frequent crime. In 2008, 73 players on an NFL roster had been arrested for a DUI at some point, according to Yahoo! Sports. That equates to roughly four percent of all players; around one percent of adults over age 21 have a DUI on their record.

Harsher punishments for first-time DUI offenders could pay dividends – not just for the NFL and its image, but for the rest of society.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 12:42 pm

Jets say 'no excuse' for 'selfish' Braylon arrest

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, it's only a report technically, since the public feelings expressed by the Jets have all been pretty positive, but apparently Braylon Edwards' teammates are pretty cheesed at him.

Which is mildly understandable, obviously.

The New York Post reports that one teammate called Edwards "selfish." The paper also offered up some pretty specific quotes from an unnamed player.

"This is the last thing we need right now," one Jets player told The Post. "We have a big game against Miami this week, don't we? We should be concentrating on Miami Dolphins, not answering questions about [Edwards' arrest]. This is an unnecessary distraction."

"He's got to know better than this," the player said. "There's a program in place for this. Every player knows about it so there's no excuse for something like this to happen."

The Jets are absolutely correct to be angry at Edwards for this mess. Drunk driving isn't acceptable in the first place, but hopping into a car in a city that features more taxicabs than the population of most other urban areas and cruising around with a blood-alcohol level that's twice the legal limit when your team offers a taxi service to its players is just way beyond irresponsible.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:11 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 8:22 pm

Jets are smart not to punish Edwards harshly

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Edwards (US Presswire)
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum has revealed the plan this Sunday for wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The wide receiver, who was arrested for DWI early Tuesday morning, will play against the Dolphins, but he won’t start.

This is a high school type punishment. Perhaps Edwards will have to stick around and pick up equipment after practice, too. The Jets didn't have a lot of options, though. Teams cannot suspend or deactivate players for alcohol-related offenses -- only the league can. Of course, the Jets could choose to simply not let Edwards play.   

But that would be foolish. The Jets are facing an important division game and are already without suspended wideout Santonio Holmes. This is pro football – you win first and build character second (sorry). The Jets are already shorthanded. After Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, the only wideouts on the roster are Brad Smith and David Clowney. The wise thing to do is play Edwards and hope that the league doesn’t get around to suspending him until Holmes gets back.*

The alternative is teaching Edwards a valuable lesson that he probably won’t get anyway, then trying to convince your fan base that it’s OK you’re now two games back in the AFC East before October because at least you have principles.

*The NFL can’t suspend Edwards for a first-time DUI, but they may be able to classify his arrest as a repeat violation of the personal conduct policy (remember, Edwards was suspended one game last season for punching LeBron James’ friend at a club).

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:04 am

Hot Routes 09.21.10: Don't touch me there

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- You can’t like it when a dude grabs your junk in the middle of a football game. Yet, that's exactly what Cleveland C Alex Mack says his former teammate, Chiefs DL Shaun Smith, did during Sunday’s game. “Not cool,” says the all the world’s men. “Not cool at all.” Smith said he didn’t recall doing anything like that.

- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t a fan of the way Jets DB Eric Smith hit New England WR Wes Welker in the head during Sunday’s game. “I don’t think that’s really what the league is looking for with those kind of plays,” Belichick said. “I can’t imagine that they are. We’ll see what they want to do about it.”

- Titans coach Jeff Fisher expects Vince Young to respond to his benching last Sunday by returning next week and playing better. Fisher said Young doesn’t have to look over his shoulder at backup Kerry Collins, but then again, Fisher showed why Young should look over his shoulder if he plays poorly in a game.

- A little less high profile than Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest this morning, but still important to know nonetheless. Ravens assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller is facing drunken driving charges again. He was stopped just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with the same offense in May but ultimately was acquitted.

-`At this point, it doesn’t seem like Ken Whisenhunt knows too much about Arizona’s football team. Which is strange because … you know … he’s the coach.

- Raiders coach Tom Cable seems to know who will start at quarterback – either Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski – for Oakland next Sunday. But he said he’s not going to inform the world until Wednesday.

- It’s shocking that a team that kept just two running backs on the initial 53-man roster – and three fullbacks! – is having problems running the ball. Yet, after Ryan Grant’s season-ending injury, that’s exactly where Green Bay finds itself.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:01 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 5:32 pm

Braylon Edwards arrested on DWI charges

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The New York Post is reporting that Jets WR Braylon Edwards was arrested at 5:15 a.m. today and charged with DWI. Police say he was pulled over and blew a 0.16 on a Breathalyzer test, twice the legal limit.

“We are very disappointed in Braylon’s actions,” Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement released by the team. "We are reviewing the information with the league and will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures."

For now, Edwards remains in police custody.

More on this story as it develops.

(UPDATE 9:07 a.m.): Well, this is weird. Edwards - or somebody who works for Edwards' official Twitter page - tweeted an update about 9 a.m. today. "GoodMorning World...Winning is the goal, perfection is the aspiration, & dedication is the key to unlock the door #LetsWork "

To be fair, there has been a nasty bug out there on Twitter today. Usually, though, viruses aren't so ... so inspirational.

(UPDATE II, 10:33 a.m.): One reason this incident is so ... well ... ridiculous is because Edwards could have avoided putting himself in this situation by taking advantage of the Player Protect program. The program basically allows a player who doesn't feel safe driving him to call a phone number and make arrangements for a ride.

As Edwards recently wrote on GQ.com, "You can easily get caught up doing too much 'New York' - but you've got to manage it, understand your reason for being here."

Perhaps Edwards' ghost writer penned that entry as well.

(UPDATE III, 10:48 a.m.): Now we point you in the direction of a Twitter account that almost certainly hasn't been written by Edwards. It's called BeardOfBraylon, and it's gotten off a few good lines today. Like:

- Not right. I was just sitting there minding my own business RT @RapSheet @Mary_Paoletti a beard like that will get a guy arrested every time

- @SI_JonHeyman Braylon was supposed to be our designated driver. Then he got drunk. What the hell do I do then? I'm just a beard .

- Not my fault. He was so damn drunk it was all dribbling down into me RT @TimGrahamESPN gave breathalyzer when Pabst fell out of his beard.

(UPDATE IV, 2:42 p.m.): The arrest of Edwards on a DWI charge has not gone over well with his teammates and coaches. According to the NY Post, it might even lead to the team deactivating Edwards for Sunday's game.

(UPDATE V, 5:30 p.m.): Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that teammates D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Vernon Gholston were in the car with Edwards when he was arrested.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:55 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 2:02 am

Now, the Jets truly are Super Bowl contenders

D. Revis, shown here intercepting a pass vs. Oakland, ended a 36-day holdout and should be ready for the season-opener against Baltimore on Sept. 13 (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The signing of Darrelle Revis changes the entire dynamic of the Jets season.

Now that I’ve read that sentence again, I realize that’s a pretty bold statement, because it’s hard to imagine one defensive player affecting his team in that way. But in the case of Revis, it’s true.

With Brett Favre, it’s true. With Peyton Manning, of course it’s true. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Andre Johnson, etc., it’s true.

Revis is the only defensive player in the league who can compare.

Without Revis – the No. 1 defender in the NFL – the Jets were good. Potentially very good. Sure, Mark Sanchez would have to improve on his rookie season. RB Shonn Greene would have to prove right the front office – which allowed Thomas Jones (331 carries, 1,402 yards and 14 TDs last season) to walk – and 31-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson would have to keep rediscovering his 27-year-old speed and arsenal of moves.

WR Braylon Edwards would have to keep making those impressive catches, and two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL – LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold – would have to keep opening holes while keeping Sanchez off his backside.

In fact, after watching the Jets first-team offense blast the Giants first-team defense in the preseason opener, I wrote I thought Rex Ryan’s squad could compete for the Super Bowl.

A quick passage from that blog post:

Ugh, I hate myself for writing something like that based on one measly preseason game in which the team I’m touting lost by 15 points. But the first-team offense, for the most part, looked very good – except when the Jets got to the red zone – and the defense, like last year, looked pretty nasty. They looked like a team that still could be playing in February.

If ….

If, that is, they get back Darrelle Revis. Because without Revis, New York might not be the Super Bowl team coach Rex Ryan thinks they can be. A virtual unknown WR named Victor Cruz made that pretty clear tonight during the Giants 31-16 win against the Jets.

Now, the Jets have their “If” back. And with their “If” in the mix, this team becomes one of the best in the league.

The Jets front seven remains unchanged. Which, when you’re talking about NT Kris Jenkins and Vernon Gholston (who has had a strong preseason) and LB Bart Scott and LB David Harris (sadly, the only one of the Core Four who won’t receive a new contract) is a good thing.

Without Revis, though, the secondary looked awfully thin. Antonio Cromartie is solid No. 2, but Cromartie is no Revis when he's being counted on to be the shutdown CB. Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick out of Boise State who now has lost his starting job, was inexperienced, and the rest of the secondary was the kind of secondary who would allow Victor Cruz, an undrafted rookie free agent playing in his first NFL action, to have a breakout game and catch three touchdown passes.

Now, the question becomes: what kind of shape will Revis be in when he flies to New York on Monday to sign his new contract and begin practice in preparation for the Sept. 13 season-opener against the Ravens?

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Revis spent part of his 36-day holdout in South Florida working out with former CB Ty Law. He should be in pretty good shape.

That said, the Jets knew they couldn’t go into the season without their best player. You could see the tension in the face of GM Mark Tannenbaum as this weekly saga played out on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Ryan, even though he was kidding when he went door to door in the season’s first episode looking for Revis and begging him to return to the team, knew he needed Revis in his defense. Ryan was being funny in that scene, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t telling the truth.

That’s why Ryan, in a move straight out of Vikings coach Brad Childress’ playbook, flew to South Florida this weekend to saw howdy to Revis and to add a spark to the contract talks.

Even until the end, Tannenbaum – who said he explored trading for other CBs – wasn’t sure the deal would get done.

"I really wasn't optimistic,” he told reporters in an early Monday morning conference call. “Until it was done, I really didn't think he'd be here."

Yet, here he is. The “If” has returned. The best defensive player in the league – the only one who could have this kind of impact on his squad, one way or the other – is back. And the Super Bowl trophy awaits.

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