ESPN New York reported earlier today that the New York Jets may put in a waiver claim on just-released former Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards. That would have to be done by 4 p.m. EST today.
ESPN surmises that the Jets might want Edwards long term, not just because they face the Bills on Sunday.
Clearly, the Jets' interest goes beyond gamesmanship. GM Mike Tannenbaum is from the Ron Wolf school on quarterback philosophy -- i.e. you can't have too many. The Jets have their QB of the present and future, Mark Sanchez, but they have no idea about their long-term No. 2.
Mark Brunell , 40, and Kellen Clemens are on one-year contracts. Chances are, both will be gone next year. Kevin O'Connell (shoulder surgery) is on injured reserve, but don't expect him back in 2011; they already tried to get rid of him once.
Edwards, too, is in the final year of his contract, so there are no guarantees, but at least he has some redeeming qualities. Sure, he has flaws (in Buffalo, they call him Captain Checkdown), but his starting record is 14-16 -- an accomplishment for any quarterback who plays for the Bills.
Most likely, a team with a higher priority on the waiver claim list gets to Edwards before the Jets. So, unlikely but intriguing.