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Published: Wednesday, 10/7/2009

Browns trade Edwards to Jets

BY TONY GROSSI
(CLEVELAND) PLAIN DEALER

BEREA, Ohio - In the clearest demonstration yet that it's Eric Mangini's way or the highway, the Browns traded receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets on Wednesday.

The deal, while Edwards is still being investigated by Cleveland police and the NFL for punching a man outside a nightclub early Monday morning, also reflects the Jets' desperation to provide a No. 1 receiver for rookie franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Mangini also traded with the Jets, his former team, to hand-deliver them Sanchez on the day of the draft.

The Jets announced the terms. Coming to the Browns are receiver Chansi Stuckey, Jason Trusnik, a linebacker and special teams player from Macedonia and Ohio Northern, and undisclosed draft picks. The Jets don't have their No. 3 or No. 4 depending on a previous trade.

Edwards run afoul of Mangini's team rules long before the latest incident. He was drinking with receiver Donte Stallworth the night of Stallworth's tragic DUI accident. He was an infrequent participant in Mangini's offseason program and missed several practices in the offseason and training camp with an undisclosed injury believed to have occurred in a pickup basketball game.

While professing to "buy in" to Mangini's selfless team concept, Edwards was known to pout when he wasn't the focal point of the Browns offense. Edwards' nightclub incident happened the night after Edwards had an altercation in the game against Cincinnati and also failed to catch a pass for the first time in his career.

Edwards was nearly traded to the New York Giants in April, but the Giants declined to give up their No. 1 draft pick. At the time, former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow said Edwards would love to play in New York.



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