The Patriots and Julian Edelman have agreed to a new contract. (USA TODAY Images)
The New England Patriots and free agent wide receiver, Julian Edelman, have agreed to terms on a new contract, according to several media reports. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Edelman confirmed the report on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
Foxboro is home. Excited to be back. #grind
â€” Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) March 15, 2014
Edelman, who has spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots over the past five season, gauged the open market, but ultimately decided to return. He finished last season with 105 receptions, 1, 056 yards and six touchdowns.
The Patriots were the favorites to re-sign Edelman, but other teams had known interest. The Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, who hosted Edelman on a visit this week, all were in contact with the free agent receiver.
Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, will certainly be happy with the deal, because losing his top target in back-to-back years would have been tough for him.
Edelman gives New England a healthy, known, veteran commodity at the receiver position, as they continue to develop Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce. Of course, Danny Amendola will be in the mix as he gets back to full strength from a groin injury.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Patriots look to add another veteran receiver for a reasonable deal now that Edelman’s contract situation has been resolved. Good signing for both sides.
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