Desperate for wide receiver help on the eve of training camp, the Jets reunited with Edwards for the second time in seven months. The team announced the reunion through its Twitter account Thursday in a tweet that included a video message from Edwards.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) July 25, 2013
"Hey Jets fans, Braylon Edwards, back in the green and white, signed today so I'm excited and ready to get back to Cortland," he said in the Instagram video.
He signed a one-year contract, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Jets brought in Edwards for a visit a month ago, according to a league source. They followed up Wednesday with a physical at their team facility in Florham Park, N.J.
The team leaves Thursday for Cortland, N.Y.
Considering the state of the receiving corps, Edwards might be one of their best options. He's always had good chemistry with quarterback Mark Sanchez, who enjoyed his best season when Edwards averaged 17 yards per reception in his first tour with the Jets in 2010.
Top receiver Santonio Holmes, still rehabbing a surgically repaired foot, will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. There's no guarantee he will be ready for Week 1. Stephen Hill, coming off a disappointing rookie year in which he had a serious case of the drops, was hampered by post-surgical knee soreness in the offseason.
Edwards was a productive player for the Jets in 2009 and '10, but they let him walk as a free agent even though he wanted to return. He bounced from the San Francisco 49ers to the Seattle Seahawks, who released him last December.
The Jets claimed him on waivers -- a stunning move because, only days earlier, he blasted members of Jets management on Twitter for undermining Sanchez's career, calling them "idiots." But they took him back because injuries had decimated the receiving corps.
Once again, they're hurting. New general manager John Idzik ignored the receiver issue in the offseason, finally making an 11th-hour move. Idzik, a former Seahawks executive, became familiar with Edwards last season.
Edwards will be reunited with former Cleveland Browns teammate Kellen Winslow, whom the Jets signed in June after a minicamp tryout. They were supposed to be a dynamic receiver-tight end tandem in Cleveland, but that never materialized.
Two days ago, Winslow lobbied for Edwards on Twitter.
— Kellen Winslow Jr. (@KellenWinslowJr) July 22, 2013
Edwards has 359 career receptions for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns.