(AFP) – Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in Manhattan Friday – and said he wants to re-sign with the team.
Edwards was arrested last September in Manhattan with a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, twice the legal limit. At the time of the DWI arrest, he was on probation in Cleveland stemming from a fight outside a nightclub in 2009.
After pleading guilty, Edwards, the 28-year-old former Pro Bowl player, was fined $500, had his license suspended for six months, and was ordered to install an ignition-interlock device – a breathalyzer that tests if a driver has consumed alcohol and requires periodic tests while operating a car.
“I feel good. I feel like it came to a fair conclusion,” Edwards said as he left a Manhattan court.
Had he been convicted at trial, the soon-to-be free agent could have faced up to a year in prison. As it stands now, however, he will won’t face jail time or probation providing he fulfills various obligations, including remaining in an NFL substance abuse counseling program that he’s been in since October.
Following the trial, Braylon made it clear that he “most definitely” wished to re-sign with the Jets after leading the team with 904 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.
“I’m happy this is past us and now it’s time to focus on football again.”