Julian Edelman reportedly agrees to multi-year extension with Patriots
The New England Patriots are a bit thin at the wide receiver position heading into 2019, but at least Tom Brady knows he will likely have his favorite target to throw to for the remainder of his career.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Julian Edelman and the Patriots have agreed to a multi-year extension. Edelman was set to count just $5.4 million against the salary cap for 2019, but the new deal will give him a raise.
Sources: The #Patriots are finalizing a multi-year contract extension with Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman that should keep him in New England for the rest of his career. Tom Brady’s security blanket is now locked in for his 10th season and beyond.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 21, 2019
The #Patriots are giving WR Julian Edelman a two-year extension, source said, potentially taking him to the end of his career and allowing him to retire in New England. A well-deserved raise, too.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2019
Edelman has dealt with some injuries over the past few seasons and will turn 33 this week. He also missed four games at the start of 2018 due to a performance-enhancing drug suspension, but he remains one of the most hard-nosed and reliable players in football. New England’s offense is significantly better with Edelman on the field, and he and Brady clearly have a great relationship.
The Patriots drafted former Arizona State star N’Keal Harry in the first round last month, so they are hoping he will provide them with a threat on the outside while Edelman continues to serve as their chain-mover.