It is no secret that the New York Jets have problems. On the field there is a dearth of talent at skill positions. In other areas leadership from veterans is missing. Many players such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Jim Leonhard have left in the past year. They were important members from this perspective.
Even further back in time, Jets management made a decision. Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards were both free agents in the 2011 off-season. Holmes was thought of as having a greater upside, and was ultimately re-signed. Edwards left however, joining the San Francisco 49ers. After an injury-marred season, Edwards again found himself out of a job. This was followed by yet another disappointing campaign with the Seattle Seahawks. Holmes meanwhile, proceeded to fracture his locker room by feuding with Mark Sanchez in the 2011 finale.
Holmes also suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in New York’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ersin Week Four of this past year. Despite issues with character and health, Holmes will most likely be playing for the Jets in 2013 due in part to his $7.5 million in guaranteed money. This could be a positive though, if he regains his old form.
This uncertainty makes Edwards more important to retain. Despite only appearing in three games last year, he still looked capable. There is also a matter of chemistry with Sanchez that makes his presence appealing. Edwards also offers a veteran presence, and seems to have learned from his days as a distraction for the Cleveland Browns. Of course money is important this off-season so if Edwards comes in around the $2million-$3million range, he is worth keeping around. It may also be his best way to ensure being on a roster in 2013.