Julian Edelman can earn “up to” $19 million over three years

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As it turns out, underpaid Patriots receiver Julian Edelman isn’t quite as underpaid as previously believed.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com has the full details, which reveal that Edelman can earn “up to” $19 million over the next three years. To get to $19 million, Edelman will have to trigger $4.5 million in incentives — with no information provided on what Edelman needs to do to earn the extra money.

Via Reiss, Edelman will be paid $5 million to sign. Edelman’s $2 million base salary in 2018 is also fully-guaranteed, which means that the practical guarantee for Edelman is $10 million, given that his $3 million non-guaranteed base salary for 2017 necessarily will be earned.

Other payments include a $250,000 workout bonus in 2017 (which he’d already earned), per-game roster bonuses of $46,875 in 2017, incentives of $500,00 in 2017, workout bonuses of $500,000 in 2018 and 2019, roster bonuses of $500,000 in 2018 and 2019, and incentives of $500,000 and $3.5 million in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Edelman also has a $2 million base salary in 2019, guaranteed for injury only.

Despite the various reasons supporting Edelman’s decision to take the deal (Reiss identifies some and Tom Curran of CSN New England identified others on Friday’s PFT Live), he hasn’t earned as much as he deserves. Curran pointed out that, to a certain extent, Edelman has been the victim of bad timing. But Edelman also is a victim of his own desire to remain in New England. Teams tend to squeeze players who want to stick around, an odd dynamic that instead of rewarding the player for loyalty takes advantage of it.

40 responses to “Julian Edelman can earn “up to” $19 million over three years

  1. Who says Edelman won’t be getting paid as much as he deserves? It could be argued that he “deserves” even less. He is a cog in a system, not an especially unique talent (and special talent that is low in supply is what teams pay for). That isn’t to say that just anyone could thrive in this role, but there is an ample supply (relative to other positions) of quick WRs who would suit, and Edelman would not have the stats “he” has produced if he were on other teams. Stats are team based, and in NE the slot production stems by far from the QB, not the WR (but NE does value sticking with the known quantity, hence why it is giving him solid money).

  2. .
    I would expect that Edelman’s incentives package would be similar to Gronk’s. His package was triggered by a bunch of “OR” clauses. For example, he would be rewarded if he caught X number of passes, or gained X number of yards, or scored X number of TDs.

    That’s actually a better motivational tool because it gives a player more avenues for success.
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  3. Biggest winner here: my little cousins, 13 and 10. They’re girls, they sweat the hell outta Jules, lmao. Taking them to a training camp practice with me this year to catch him and the rest of the boys live, can’t wait!!! And now I can buy them some Edelman gear with confidence that they’ll outgrow it before he’s gone👍

    And as always, the biggest losers are of course the rest of the NFL. Lawd, this team is STACKED.

  4. “Who says Edelman won’t be getting paid as much as he deserves? It could be argued that he “deserves” even less. He is a cog in a system, not an especially unique talent (and special talent that is low in supply is what teams pay for). That isn’t to say that just anyone could thrive in this role, but there is an ample supply (relative to other positions) of quick WRs who would suit, and Edelman would not have the stats “he” has produced if he were on other teams. Stats are team based, and in NE the slot production stems by far from the QB, not the WR (but NE does value sticking with the known quantity, hence why it is giving him solid money).”

    You could have saved some energy typing and just said “I’m a butthurt moron”

  5. Seeing as how Terrelle Pryor signed a one year deal that pays him $8 million I would think Edleman’s fair market value is $8-10 million per season. That’s a he’ll of a discount in a sport where contracts are not guaranteed and teams can cut you and void a contract at any point in the contract….not to mention the absolute havoc the sport places on the human body.

  6. “He is a cog in a system, not an especially unique talent ”

    Lol did you not see the focus he had when he made the circus catch in the last Super Bowl?

    And you say he’s not a unique talent?

    Lolz

    If being one of the most productive and best receivers in the league while making clutch plays like that is not “unique” then you might have something there.

  7. Edelman was a free agent in 2013. Any team could have signed him. The only team who showed any interest was the Giants.

    Go back and read news stories that offseason, they all quote anonymous scouts, GM that said he was a system receiver and not someone that would be successful outside of New England.

    You cant be mad at the Patriots that they didn’t offer $10 million a year when no other team did.

  8. There is no question he is more valuable to NE than he would be to any other team. First of all, you need a QB with the pinpoint accuracy of TB to be able to fit the ball into the impossibly small windows that a guy like Edelman can open up with his running style. Can you imagine him trying to catch passes from someone like Jump-Ball Joe?

  9. System this system that. Oh my what a bunch of meanies for running the most successful system in the last two decades. You’d think that this “system” which is so easy to identify would be replicated somewhere….

    Keep clinging to the nonsense fellas. Its cute and gives me something to point and laugh at as you continuously melt in every single patriots article on this website, no matter the content. Its hilariously pathetic.

  10. Clarencewhorley….

    Are you really trying to compare a player’s value from 4 years ago??? You do know the value of players rise and fall every year for numerous reasons don’t You? In THIS market , 2027, Edleman is an $8-10 million player.

  11. Of course Edelman could have made more elsewhere but why pass up a chance to play with and mentor a young QB like Garropolo in a year or two? He already has 2 rings and I’m sure he wants to prove he is not just a product of playing with Brady.

  12. When Welker was starting his exit,,I have a BB video of him leaning over to Wes and saying: “Ever hear of Wally Pipp?” Wes was like..Uhhhh Coach who the hell is Wally Pipp??” For those of you: Wally Pipp was an outstanding 1B for the Yankees in the hey-day of Ruth…He went out and celebrated one eve,,and called in sick the next day with a cold. Well the coach put in a guy Named Lou Gehrig off the bench, and the rest? Well Wally Pipp never played another game in Pin Stripes..the Moral? It takes a team,,not a single player!!

  13. 6thsense10

    He is NOT a free agent now. He is under contract. When he was a free agent no one offered him a contract. You think his agent and him don’t remember that?

  14. Who cares?

    If Carr didn’t snap his leg….

    2017 is going to be a big year in the NFL.

    And contrary to what shadywarrior thinks, the biggest losers are patsy fans, just for being patsy fans.

    Carry on.

    RAIDER NATION

  15. “Who cares?

    If Carr didn’t snap his leg….

    2017 is going to be a big year in the NFL.

    And contrary to what shadywarrior thinks, the biggest losers are patsy fans, just for being patsy fans.

    Carry on.

    RAIDER NATION”

    lol, yes the biggest losers aren’t the fans of teams that haven’t done jacksh**t in decades.

    Good luck with the Raiders. LMAO

  16. He would not even have been drafted by any other team and would have been cut in camp as a free agent elsewhere.

    He knows it, the Pats know it. It’s a good deal for both sides; the man has earned everything he’s got and the team has been rewarded for recognizing his potential when no one else did.

  17. This contract is great news for the Eagles. Edelman is the top slot receiver in football. If his max average is only $6.5m then that bodes well for their ability to resign Jordan Matthews while also extending Alshon.

    Good Job Patriots.

  18. macjacmccoy says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:40 AM
    This contract is great news for the Eagles. Edelman is the top slot receiver in football. If his max average is only $6.5m then that bodes well for their ability to resign Jordan Matthews while also extending Alshon.

    Good Job Patriots.

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    I think you’re not understanding markets. That’s actually BAD NEWS for you.

    YOUNGER WRs who do play some in the slot, will have agents saying their YOUNGER WRs in their primes, are worth MORE than Edelman.

    Hence, leverage, a hold out, or some cancerous issues in the locker room.

    Glad I could help.

  19. he and all pro athletes are not under paid. could they make more? sure but that does not mean someone guaranteed 7 million dollars this year is under paid. and if he or any high paid football player can’t live on what they make now when they are old then it’s their own fault. pretty sure if you gave me a million dollars now I could make do with that the rest of my life without having to work again.

  20. Julian Edelman is on his way to be a first ballot HOFer. You can’t buy that kind of recognition(I hope).

    And before people try to laugh me out of the comment section…

    He’s going to finish his career second all time in playoff receptions, and 2nd or 3rd all time in post season receiving yards, and likely with 3 rings(at least 2) all while coming up big in clutch moments on the biggest stages.

  21. He is a smart guy. He knows that a few million less now can be made up after he retires. Moving on now diminishes his earning value after retirement.

  22. He is a smart guy. He knows that a few million less now can be made up after he retires. Moving on now diminishes his earning value after retirement.

  23. bigbadbills says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:35 AM
    that’s a lot of roofie money

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    For Sebastian Janikowski it is. I still have no idea how he wasn’t thrown in jail.

  24. “If Carr didn’t snap his leg….”

    The Raiders would have been squashed by the Steelers or the Pats and gone home whining like a 3 year old that just dropped their candy in the sand.

  25. could have made more money elsewhere? who in their right mind is going to pay big money to a 32 year old slot receiver? 1st time going over 1k yards was this season. He knew his market was limited.

  26. If he goes somewhere else for the next (last?) 3 years of his career he severely limits his endorsement / post football options where as by staying in NE he remains a g-o-d that can probably do anything he wants in the NE area afterwards
    Smart

  27. Edelman is not under paid. He voluntarily signed this extension, a year in advance of his contract expiring.
    He wasn’t forced to do it. Thus he and his agent evaluated the deal and decided that it was a fair contract.
    A business offers a competitive salary and a worker can decide if they want to take it.

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