Patriots Sign Julian Edelman To 4-Year Deal
By Allen Kim
The New England Patriots have signed WR Julian Edelman to a four-year, $17 million deal with $8 million guaranteed, reports Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. With incentives, the deal can max out at $19 million.
“It’s a good day,” Edelman said. “It’s a good day to be back. It’s awesome that I get to be there for another four years.”
Aside from picking up Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the New England Patriots have been relatively quiet since the start of the 2014 NFL free agency period. Edelman was, without a doubt, a priority re-signing for the Patriots after he broke out last season. He had 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns, and he served as Tom Brady’s No. 1 option for most of the season with Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski battling injuries.
He was particularly effective over the Patriots’ final six regular season games of the season, catching 53 passes for 556 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games.
“It wasn’t that tough [to decide], to tell you the truth,” Edelman said. “You go on these visits and these trips and everything and you see these wonderful organizations. I got to go home and see the Niners, and I grew up a huge Niners fan, but being in New England for the last five years, that’s just home. That’s just home for me right now. Just the way, the mentality, the team, how everything’s done, the scheme, the players, the locker room, the fans — it’s something that I couldn’t leave. I’m really glad that we were able to work something out and bring me back.”
After playing out the year on a one-year, $1 million contract, Edelman certainly earned the pay raise. This deal also puts fellow WR Danny Amendola on notice, as he could be cut after the 2014 season if he fails to stay healthy and produce.