NFL Free Agents - Jets, Burress Reach Agreement

NFL Free Agents - The former NFL Super Bowl star with the Giants, recently released from prison after serving 20 months on a gun charge, reached an agreement in principle Sunday on a one-year deal with the Jets. Despite his criminal record, he was one of the top free agents.

Burress, who turns 34 on Aug. 12, caught the game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, before his career derailed after he accidentally shot himself in a New York nightclub in 2009.

His second chance at the NFL comes with a team that was interested in him a few years ago before he went to prison. Now, he’ll likely join the recently re-signed Santonio Holmes as Mark Sanchez’s top receivers.

The New York Jets will not be re-signing wide receiver Braylon Edwards because of financial constraints, the New York Daily News reported Saturday, citing a source.

On Wednesday, the Jets agreed with Santonio Holmes on a five-year deal reportedly worth $50 million, which Edwards knew was not a good sign for him. He said later that same day that while he wanted to return to the Jets, he was afraid they did not want him.

“I would love to be a Jet but the feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual with the management,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Jets will reportedly now shift their focus to re-signing cornerback Antonio Cromartie after they missed out in the race for Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed with the Eagles.

Edwards avoided jail time this week in a probation violation hearing in Cleveland Municipal Court. The 28-year-old was given 100 hours of community work service and one year of active probation.

He had pleaded guilty the previous week to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and was on inactive probation in Cleveland at the time of his DWI arrest stemming for a fight outside a nightclub with a friend of LeBron James, the New York Post reported.

By: Rob Adams
Published: Jul 31, 2021
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