The wide receiver market took a bit of a hit with the announcement that James Jones has taken himself off the market, agreeing to a new three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers that should keep Aaron Rodgers with an amazing array of receiver targets. Yet one player has to be happy: Braylon Edwards. That’s because the wideout is clearly the best on the market at this point.
Jones had previously flirted with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets, but he wound up choosing the team that chose him in the third round four seasons ago. Jones had a career high 50 catches last year for 679 yards, another career-high, with 5 touchdowns.
Edwards now becomes the receiver du jour with Plaxico Burress signing in New York and Jones resigning with Green Bay. Edwards had 53 catches last year for 904 yards and 7 touchdowns, exhibiting a big play ability that somehow eludes his reputation as someone who drops a lot of passes. It’s an unfair designation for a player who makes one big play after another and still offers the free agent market one more impact level wide receiver. You can expect Edwards to sign soon now that the smoke has cleared for many teams at the position and in the market.