Patriots, Julian Edelman Agree on Multi-Year Contract Extension
Wide receiver Julian Edelman will remain with the New England Patriots after both sides agreed to a contract extension.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network first predicted the deal, saying that Edelman and the Patriots were close on a multi-year contract extension.
No details regarding the contract were immediately available but Adam Schefter of ESPN.com said it was a two-year extension that will tie him to New England through 2019 season.
Edelman will enter the final deal of the four-year, $17 million contract that he signed in 2014. He will earn $3 million in base salary in 2017.
The 31-year-old Edelman is fresh from his second 1,000-plus yard season in nine years with the Patriots. He also made a key catch in the Super Bowl that helped the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons.
Edelman caught five passes for 87 yards and returned three punts for 40 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 overtime comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Last season, Edelman played 16 games, catching 98 passes for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns.
A seventh-round pick by New England in 2009, Edelman has played his entire NFL career with the Patriots. He is known as one of quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets, with at least 92 receptions in three of the last four seasons.
In eight years, Edelman caught 425 passes for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns, per NFL.com. Aside from Edelman, the Patriots have Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Andrew Hawkins as wideouts.
Earlier, Edelman said the Patriots' the new receiving unit is expected to improve as the days go by, making the team more dangerous offensively. Edelman is assured of a spot in the Patriots 53-man roster while Amendola and Hawkins are expected to battle for the last berth.
With Edelman signed, coach Bill Belichick can now focus on other 2018 free-agents-to-be, including backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
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