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Pats get Julian Edelman for bargain price

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So why did the Patriots re-sign receiver Julian Edelman the same day they signed Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet?

Because Edelman was available at a bargain price.

Per a league source, Edelman’s one-year deal will pay the five-year minimum base salary of $715,000.  Edelman also is eligible for a $50,000 workout bonus.

Given Edelman’s injury history, the contract also contains a so-called “split” salary, which reduces his base pay to $383,000 if he ends up on injured reserve.

As Tom Curran of CSN New England explained on PFT Live, Edelman’s versatility adds significant value to the Patriots’ offense.  With players who can line up at various positions in the huddle, the defense doesn’t know where they’ll go before the snap until they get there — which also allows the Pats to move them around without a huddle and create all sorts of mismatches.

Besides, it’s not as if Edelman had many/any other options.  So the career of a guy who entered the league pocketing peanuts as a seventh-round pick in 2009 will continue with Edelman earning the minimum.  Or, if he gets hurt, less than that.

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30 Responses to “Pats get Julian Edelman for bargain price”
  1. dangernearing says: Apr 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    Gosh, you mean no team in the league could’ve used a pretty good special team player for that price? Or maybe he wanted back in N.E. thinking Amendola wouldnt be available for all 16 gms. But still i thought he’d attract more attention on the free market

  2. deepthreat says: Apr 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    Also:

    Workout bonus: $50,000

    Performance incentives:

    30 receptions: $30,000
    40 receptions: $70,000
    50 receptions: $120,000
    60 receptions: $180,000
    70 receptions: $250,000

  3. cliverush says: Apr 11, 2013 1:25 PM

    This guy is a 7th round pick who sticks around through hard work and complete versatility. He found a nice job after college with a decent salary, good bennies, travel, slight fame and doing something he loves. Troy Brown worked his way onto the team the same way but was physically more prepared to play in the NFL and is considered one of the best ever for the team. Way to go Pats.

  4. surfinbird1 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:25 PM

    Rollback!

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 11, 2013 1:26 PM

    I wouldn’t say he qualifies as versatile. Anybody can play multiple positions, but it’s about how well you play them. The fact that the Patriots choose to use him in a variety of roles doesn’t mean they are getting a special benefit to be able to say that. Edelman hasn’t caught on as a WR or showed much value in that department, nor has he on Kick Returns. The only department he could argue for being a plus-value player would be Punt Returns, which are a limited amount of opportunities. If he’s actually below the Mendoza line at performing in those other roles, then then the Patriots are getting a reduction in value as his usage percentage goes up. It’s nice to have him on a low salary, but they can’t enjoy any leveraged benefits from it other than for the spot time he might improve the PR department. Using up a roster spot for a guy who only enhances (and without certainty) one position isn’t necessarily a bargain at any price.

    I still like the move though, but just think the effect of the move needs to be grounded into something more representative of how this effects their team.

  6. ampats says: Apr 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    Getting Edelman back is huge in my opinion. When healthy,he is an explosive receiver and punt returner.

    At the beginning of last season,it looked like part of the plan was for Edelman to take some of Welker’s reception but unfortunately he hurt his hand early against the Ravens in Week #3.

    This is a team friendly contract as Edelman loves playing in New England.

    Who can blame him ???

  7. scrp2 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:30 PM

    Round it up to a million a year and give the player some dignity for pete’s sake.

  8. billsfan1 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:39 PM

    he would be a nothing on any other team..Brady has the ability to make fringe players look decent.

  9. robertocfg says: Apr 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    Somehow this is like the Welker situation in my opinion. Edelman is a great special teamer, but probably his value is greater in the Patriots than in any other team due to the way he is used in the offense and the knowledge he has of it.

  10. blackngold4life says: Apr 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Another good move..Steelers need to take a few pages out of the Pats Front Office’s note book. And ppl wonder why this team is in the hunt every year?

  11. notoriousjebus says: Apr 11, 2013 1:53 PM

    Why are the Patriots so focuses on improving their all ready strong offense?

  12. sschmiggles says: Apr 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    He had a 2 day visit with the giants, so he did in fact have other options.

  13. jimmyt says: Apr 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    That’s all he’s worth.

  14. jnbnet says: Apr 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    I read all these comments……and I can’t understand why most of these posters don’t apply for NFL-GM positions.

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 11, 2013 2:05 PM

    Julian, mazel!

  16. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    I’m blown away that no one offered Edelman anything. 31 other GMs are reading box scores instead of watching football.

  17. CKL says: Apr 11, 2013 2:13 PM

    billsfan1 says:
    Apr 11, 2013 1:39 PM
    he would be a nothing on any other team..Brady has the ability to make fringe players look decent.
    __________________________________
    Much as I value TB and yes he does make guys better, Edelman has made himself what he is. Last summer it was reported he was having a better camp than Welker too. By Welker’s own admission recently, he did not have a good camp. That’s probably part of the reason Edelman was getting more opportunities early on. BB is pretty firm on earning your job every day. Even a guy like WW who is a great player isn’t immune to that.

  18. rpmcanes says: Apr 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    Another good move..Steelers need to take a few pages out of the Pats Front Office’s note book. And ppl wonder why this team is in the hunt every year?

    If you ask most people on here it’s because of five minutes worth of having a camera in a prohibited area.

  19. dman6015 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:25 PM

    So, does this mean in a couple of years, when Welker has failed miserably in Denver, the Patriots will re-sign him for “peanuts”?

    If they’d just stop dumping decent-to-good players, only to re-sign them a few years later, they might have won another Super Bowl or two in the last 8 years.

  20. macfunden says: Apr 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    The performance incentives are not cumulative btw. So if he makes 40 receptions he gets a flat $70k and not $100k ($70k + additional $30k for 30 receptions) up to the $250k for 70 receptions.

  21. justintuckrule says: Apr 11, 2013 2:41 PM

    Man…I was hoping the Giants signed him. I can’t believe they couldn’t beat a minimum offer. With Nicks injury history and Cruz’ situation in the air, Edelman would have taken a lot of pressure off of our #1, #2 WRs. He would have also filled in at KR/PR nicely with Hixon gone.

    Big props to NE for keeping him. It must have helped at the sales meeting when BB told Edelman that he’ll be the one catching Welker’s 120 passes next year from the greatest QB of all time. Then, Edelman will be in line for one of those 8M contracts in 2014.

    As Eli probably said…shucks!

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    “scrp2 says:
    Apr 11, 2013 1:30 PM
    Round it up to a million a year and give the player some dignity for pete’s sake.”

    _____________________

    So making 15-30 times for one year’s work compared to most of the people posting on this site isn’t “dignified” enough for you ?

  23. dangernearing says: Apr 11, 2013 2:47 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Apr 11, 2013 1:26 PM

    I wouldn’t say he qualifies as versatile. Anybody can play multiple positions, but it’s about how well you play them. The fact that the Patriots choose to use him in a variety of roles doesn’t mean they are getting a special benefit to be able to say that. Edelman hasn’t caught on as a WR or showed much value in that department, nor has he on Kick Returns. The only department he could argue for being a plus-value player would be Punt Returns, which are a limited amount of opportunities. If he’s actually below the Mendoza line at performing in those other roles, then then the Patriots are getting a reduction in value as his usage percentage goes up. It’s nice to have him on a low salary, but they can’t enjoy any leveraged benefits from it other than for the spot time he might improve the PR department. Using up a roster spot for a guy who only enhances (and without certainty) one position isn’t necessarily a bargain at any price.

    >>>

    Very very dumb post.
    ________________

    dman6015 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:25 PM

    So, does this mean in a couple of years, when Welker has failed miserably in Denver, the Patriots will re-sign him for “peanuts”?

    If they’d just stop dumping decent-to-good players, only to re-sign them a few years later, they might have won another Super Bowl or two in the last 8 years.

    >>>>

    At least you’re partly in the wheelhouse. But your point is kinda off. Welker’s agent was trying to get 15m guaranteed from the Patriots and eventually settled for less than he were offered from the Pats. But dont let facts get in the way of a rant.

  24. benh999 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:55 PM

    @billsfan1,
    What does Brady have to do with punt returns and downfield blocking?

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 11, 2013 2:56 PM

    dangernearing:

    You copied my entire post to call it dumb with no explanation, what’s the point of that and why is it dumb? I take it you believe that Edelman is a great player and possesses lots of value? Sorry I don’t see the value in him, but I think that’s from being a shrewd evaluator, not a dumb one.

  26. patsfiend says: Apr 11, 2013 3:14 PM

    Edelman was off to a strong start last year. He is definitely versatile, and is great on screens, a good backup / second option to DA, knows the system… all for next to nothing. He could have a big year. Glad he’s back.

  27. 4gone says: Apr 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    Perhaps he would have gotten more money if he caught the football with his eyes open.

  28. herpderpdeederp says: Apr 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    Versatility on offense isn’t the whole story, since he’s proven to be a serviceable (though nothing more than that) cornerback and a decent punt returner.

  29. pastabelly says: Apr 11, 2013 3:42 PM

    When healthy, he’s a better player than Sanders. They may regret not paying him more and locking him up for two years, especially with Welker gone.

  30. chlstn says: Apr 12, 2013 8:47 AM

    Edelman knows the Pats. He’s comfortable there. I was comfortable in my job also and never made 750K

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