Seahawks released Braylon Edwards. Who saw this coming?
Seahawks fans, allow me to treat you to some crude New York humor. Why would Braylon Edwards leave the Seahawks? Who would leave a playoff contender for a team that gave away their playoff chances, slim as they already were? What team gained hope for the playoffs due to the Jets’ Monday night loss to the Titans? This kind of gift, as generous as it seems, isn’t tax-deductible. Is it? That’s a big gift. Read about the Jets-Titans game here.
Why a Jet? Why not a Shark, I mean “Dolphin”?
Why the Jets? Why not any other non-playoff contender? Why not the Miami Dolphins? The Jets lost to the Seahawks. The Dolphins defeated the Seahawks. From a Seahawks’ perspective, one would think the Dolphins would be a more competitive choice. Is it possibly to draw attention away from himself? If there’s anywhere you’d want to go for the media’s divided attention, it’s New York.
I’d suggest Chicago as a great destination for taking a nose dive out of the playoffs, but there’s already a #17 on the team who is getting plenty of undeserved attention, in the form of yellow flags. Ironic, I’ve only seen -so many yellow ribbons- displayed for veterans. Chicago’s (#17) Alshon Jeffrey’s a rookie.
I’m still puzzled. I can speculate. In true New York gossip fashion, I’ll guess that Edwards had plenty of suggestions on how to cure the Seahawks’ formerly subdued presence in the national media, but the Seahawks weren’t so intent on exposure. It happens. Players are brought in for their experience, for being great to practice against. But as a team’s identity reveals itself, one notices the player isn’t absolutely necessary for the team’s system to succeed. I would guess, for a team loaded with younger players, Edwards was an old dog who lacked the enthusiasm. Don’t forget, I’m being facetious. I hope he finds success. Sincerely, I do. It’s just odd that he’d end up back with the Jets, his recent provoking of the Jets organization notwithstanding. Braylon Edwards probably shouldn’t be compared with Randy Moss with any seriousness, but perhaps the older veteran receiver with a strong personality (by the media’s portrayal) can be an optimistic cautionary tale. Moss might not get the ball very often these days, but he is on a very competitive team. Sometimes relevance in the football pantheon is measured by your team’s success and the names on the roster during their achievements. There will always be a player with less game reps on a roster. But the players whose names drop from the rosters of successful teams late in the season have their relevance diminished when they are released. This release may have been better timed after the season, if the player isn’t heading to a current playoff challenger. Anyone watching the Jets this season (my sympathies) could have told you they wouldn’t have gotten into the playoffs without a fake ID. I would never condone such a tactic. Who would they claim to be? Perhaps Tim Tebow still has Broncos’ credentials. Imagine, Tebow the Trojan horse.