Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/13/12
Braylon Edwards has been gone for almost two years, but the wide receiver has kept his eye on the New York Jets the whole time. "It means a lot to be back," Edwards said Thursday in his first meeting with the press since he was claimed off the waivers by the Jets this week. "I feel like I left a small part of myself here when I left. To be back is great." The 29-year-old Michigan product has had a rocky road since he left New York after the 2010 season. He has dealt with knee issues for the past two seasons. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, but was waived after nine games, catching 15 passes for 181 yards. And this offseason he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks, caught eight passes for 74 yards and was placed on the team's injury-reserve list after 10 games because of a hamstring injury. The Seahawks released him this week. At first, Edwards didn't know think he could come back to the Jets considering he sent a disparaging Twitter message about the team's quarterback issues. He called the organization "idiots" for its handling of Mark Sanchez. "I already thought there was no way that the Jets were interested," he said. "I figured with last year's season and kind of how it went and this offseason, me rehabbing and getting after it and putting it out there on Twitter how good rehab was going, to not get a phone call or an invite to come in and work out and see what was going on, that was when I just mentally (thought), 'Alright, it's not going to happen. Let's move on and get myself prepared for other situations.' "That was kind of when I was done with it. After the tweet, it was like, 'Yeah I burnt that bridge.' Edwards said he didn't have to apologize for the tweet, but he did anyway. "It was a statement that was made at the heat of the moment," he said. "You know how that goes. We've moved past that and I'm here and I'm ready." The Jets (6-7) still called. Their playoff hopes are still alive while their receiving corps has been depleted. It didn't hurt that the eight-year pro had two of his best seasons with the Jets as he helped them advance to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010. He caught 88 passes in 28 games for 1,445 yards and 11 touchdowns for New York. He said the chemistry with Sanchez was part of his success -- and fueled his desire to return. "Mark and I have stayed in touch since I left," he said. "The big thing with us is that we're friends off the field. We spend time together off the field, so we know each other a little bit. "When you get in the locker room or in the meeting room or the field, that rapport helps to have that trust." Now Edwards is trying to get ready for Monday night's game against the Tennessee Titans. He suffered a hamstring injury in his last game against the Chicago Bears before he was placed on the injured list. "The training staff is doing a tremendous job in the day and a half that I've been here," he said. "They're really getting in there and doing what they do best. I definitely think I have a high chance of going on Monday night." Whether he plays Monday or not, he's happy to be back with the Jets. "First and foremost, I had good success here," he said. "We went to two AFC Championships. It was very fun times for the team, my family and myself. I feel like I came here and gave a lot to the organization in terms of myself and I feel like it was well received. I felt as though this was home."
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