Jets’ Edwards Arrested on Drunken-Driving Charge

Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested and charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, the Jets confirmed on their Web site. Braylon Edwads

Edwards, 27, was pulled over on the West Side of Manhattan at 5:15 a.m. for having excessively tinted windows, the police said, and a subsequent Breathalyzer test measured his blood alcohol at 0.16. That is double New York’s legal limit.

“We are very disappointed in Braylon’s actions this morning,” Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement later Tuesday morning. “The Player Protect program is in place for our organization to prevent this situation. Braylon is aware of this program and showed poor judgment.

“We are reviewing the information with the league and will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures.”

The Jets traded for Edwards last season with the knowledge they were taking a chance on Edwards’s character — something they have done with several players since Rex Ryan became coach.

Last October, Edwards was charged with punching a man in an altercation in Cleveland, an incident that helped spur the Browns to traded their talented but erratic receiver. Edwards pleaded no contest to an aggravated disorderly conduct charge in Cleveland Municipal Court in January, but avoided an N.F.L. suspension for that incident. He caught 35 passes over the final 12 regular-season games with the Jets.

Edwards caught five passes, including one for a touchdown, in Sunday’s victory over New England, but drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting the Patriots after the touchdown catch.

The Jets signed Edwards to a one-year, $6 million contract in the off-season, and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Published by: LYNN ZINSER


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