The Jets dealt wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik, and two undisclosed draft choices in return for Edwards, who has 10 receptions for 139 yards but was shut out for the first time in his career in the winless Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to Cincinnati last Sunday.
“Coming here to a team that’s doing well with a new head coach that has them going in the right direction . . . is a fresh start and a clean slate,’’ Edwards said.
Edwards, in his fifth season, is expected to practice today and coach Rex Ryan said he will start Monday night at Miami.
“I think he’s going to fit right in with our group,’’ Ryan said.
Edwards’ best season came in 2007, when he had 80 catches for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Crabtree finally signs
First-round draft pick Michael Crabtree
signed a six-year contract with the 49ers after a drawn-out negotiation process that had some wondering whether the star wide receiver would ever show up this season.
“It’s a lot of relief off my shoulders,’’ Crabtree said when introduced at team headquarters.
While specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, Crabtree will receive nearly $17 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the deal.
“I’m just glad I’m past that part,’’ said Crabtree. “I’m very humble right now, it’s a very humbling experience. Just getting a chance to sit back and better myself as a person, as a player, as a teammate.’’
Coach Mike Singletary called it a “fair deal for both parties involved.’’
McNabb to play
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
plans to start Sunday against Tampa Bay, his first action since breaking a rib in the season opener. McNabb still feels some discomfort and needs a protective jacket to absorb punishing hits. Kevin Kolb
, who threw for 327 yards against Kansas City and 391 against New Orleans in his two starts, returns to the backup role. “Kolb really did play well,’’ McNabb said. “The offense really rallied around him.’’ . . . While his painful heel is improving, Eli Manning
is not guaranteeing he will quarterback the Giants Sunday against the Raiders. Manning, who has started 82 straight games, was held out of practice yesterday so he could get treatment on his plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and inserts into the heel. “If I feel like I can go out and play at a high level and help the team and do everything I can do, and they don’t have to limit the game plan or say you can’t do this or that, I’ll go out there and play,’’ Manning said . . . Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford
was held out of practice because of his injured right knee. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz
replied, “We’ll see on Sunday,’’ when told the Steelers said they expected to face Stafford . . . On the Steelers’ side, running back Willie Parker
isn’t optimistic about playing Sunday. An injured left big toe kept Parker out of Pittsburgh’s victory over San Diego last Sunday, and Rashard Mendenhall
ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns in his place . . . Seahawks nine-time Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones
will not return until at least November, if at all this season. Coach Jim Mora
said the team has decided Jones will back off trying to return from two knee surgeries. The 35-year-old anchor to Seattle’s offensive line for the last decade will now be reassessed after the bye week, before a game at Dallas Nov. 1 . . . Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez
said he was fined $5,000 by the NFL for his low block on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma
last Sunday. During Darren Sharper’s
99-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter, Sanchez dived at the legs of Vilma, who was blocking on the play. Sanchez was assessed a 15-yard personal foul for the hit.
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