WR Julian Edelman set to sign extension with Patriots

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2019

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has signed a multi-year contract extension with the team, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo first reported on Tuesday.

Various reports indicated the Patriots were willing to spend close to $10 million per season on the free agents, so it makes sense that the team would be willing to offer a bit more to a proven performer like Edelman. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports the new deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed.

The two-year extension should keep Edelman in New England until 2021.

Edelman entered the league as seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009. Taking over for departed veteran wideout Wes Welker in 2013, Edelman thrived as Tom Brady's new favorite target. The 105 catches remain a career best. He caught 26 passes for 388 yards in three games, including 151 yards in the divisional round against the Chargers and 141 yards in the Super Bowl against the Rams. Edelman also averaged 10.7 yards per punt return.

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The 32-year-old product of Kent State has 499 catches and 30 touchdown grabs in 115 regular season games with the Patriots.

After sitting out the 2017 season with a torn ACL, Edelman missed the first four games of the 2018 regular season due to a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Edelman played all 16 games the next year, posting a new career high with 1,106 receiving yards.

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