WOW! I woke up this morning and made it all the way to my first class before I saw some shocking news on ESPN.com…Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns has been traded to the New York Jets and stand-out Michael Crabtree has finally signed with the San Francisco 49ers. More details after the jump.
The Jets gave up a few draft picks, special teams player Jason Trusnik, and wide receiver Chansi Stuckey in order to get Edwards but it is an instant upgrade for the team. Edwards was a Pro-Bowl receiver two seasons ago when he put up 80 catches for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. Last season was terrible for Edwards though as he and quarterback Derek Anderson couldn’t get in sync and Edwards dropped a lot of balls that came his way. A lot of star players get a jump to their career with a big trade and I think this is a good situation for Edwards, the Jets rookie QB, Mark Sanchez, has been making ends to lead the team to a 3-1 start and the Jets defense has also helped. Edwards gives the Jets a big play threat at the flanker spot and opens up the field for the running game and Jerricho Cotchery, who will likely move to the No. 2 spot.
Now on to the rookie receiver, Michael Crabtree, who after months of holding out with the demand to be paid like a top 5 pick (he was the 10th pick of the 1st round), has finally signed a six-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree was absent from the 49ers’ offseason minicamps and organized team activities while recovering from a foot injury, but he did show up for rehabilitation and strengthening workouts at the team’s training facility. That presents a big problem for Crabtree because he is physically and mentally not in shape to play in an NFL game for a few weeks, he needs to learn the playbook, audibles, and get into good playing condition. If the 49ers rush Crabtree into the game its highly likely that he will injure himself and be out for the rest of the season…for wide receivers strained hamstrings, groins, and toe injuries are among the most typical nagging minor injuries that can limit a player’s performance on the field and keep him out for multiple weeks.