Unable to give veteran WR Braylon Edwards the type of contract he wanted, the Jets filled the hole by agreeing to a deal with former Giants WR Plaxico Burress.
The controversial wideout who is coming off a two year prison term for gun possession will sign a one year deal with Gang Green worth approximately $3MM fully guaranteed.
The team was interested in bringing back Edwards but after signing Santonio Holmes earlier this week for $50MM, they just didn’t have the flexibility to give him the type of money he wanted which reportedly is #1 receiver compensation. There were rumors of interest in Randy Moss, but sources say that Burress was on their radar from the beginning.
Burress will provide the sure handed big body that Edwards gave the team and should help the team in the red zone, where they have struggled in the past. The trio of Holmes, Burress and veteran Jerricho Cotchery has to make QB Mark Sanchez smile. The team is also very high on bringing wideout Patrick Turner to the next level this season. Turner was Sanchez’s teammate at USC and his favorite target while they played together.
Sources say the team’s top priority now is to re-sign CB Antonio Cromartie after they lost out on Nnamdi Asomugha on Friday to the Eagles. Saturday they re-signed S Eric Smith to a 3 year extension. The team also hosted former Ravens FA TE Todd Heap yesterday but did not sign him as of this article. The combo of Dustin Keller and Heap at TE for the Jets would be a lethal combination.
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