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Edwards will be tagged

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 26, 2010
New York Jets' Braylon Edwards celebrates after catching a 65-yard touchdown pass during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Restricted free agent Braylon Edwards will receive a tender offer from the New York Jets, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said Friday at the NFL Combine.

But Tannenbaum did not say what level tender Edwards would receive, which determines what kind of compensation the Jets would receive if another team signed him.

The third overall pick of the Browns in 2005, Edwards was traded on Oct. 7 after an altercation outside a Cleveland nightclub with a local promoter.

''With Braylon, this is going to be a real important offseason for him, in terms of him being more acclimated with our offense, working with (quarterback) Mark (Sanchez) every day,'' Tannenbaum said. ''We really believe the guy’s got ability, is gifted with the ability to be a much better player long term by being in our program every day.

''Braylon did a lot of great things for us. As (coach)
Rex (Ryan) has mentioned more than once, he really helped our running game. He’s a tremendous blocker. How defenses played us after we traded for Braylon changed. So he’s done a lot of things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet. We’re really glad he’s here.''

After pulling in 10 passes for 139 yards in the Browns' first four games, Edwards added 35 receptions for 541 yards and four touchdowns for the Jets, not including playoffs. But he continued his maddening tendency of dropped passes.

Asked if that problem can be addressed in the offseason, Tannenbaum said, ''That’s just more consistency. If you go back to the first game, Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins, he made catches that were spectacular. Obviously there has to be some more consistency there. But I think in terms of his training, knowing the offense, all those things will give him a better chance to be consistent with a good off-season program.''

Sanchez, coming off surgery on his left knee, will not be participating in the entire off-season program, but Tannenbaum said, ''There’s still things Braylon can do to help himself be successful.''

When it was suggested that Edwards never was around much during his Browns' off-seasons, Tannenbaum seemed to take a shot at the city of Berea.

''Have you ever been to Florham Park (N.J.) in March?'' Tannenbaum said. ''It’s a wonderful place to be. I’ve been there, I’ve been to Berea, so ....
All I can say is Florham Park’s a real nice place, (a) lot to offer, (a) lot to do, good place to be.''


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