Report: Pats, Edelman working on a new deal


The Patriots wanted receiver Julian Edelman to accept an offer on a three-year contract by the start of free agency.  He didn’t.

So the Pats moved on, right?

Um, no.  New England is still pursuing Edelman, who has drawn interest from the 49ers and the Browns.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Patriots are working to get a deal done with Edelman, a year after he agreed to a one-year, $715,000 split-salary contract that included the Pats later squeezing him into shifting 80 percent of a $50,000 workout bonus into a Week One roster bonus.

Good for Edelman.  When quarterback Tom Brady “took less” in 2013 (creating significant cap space in 2013 and 2014 while getting a $30 million signing bonus), the Patriots vowed to spend to the cap.

While they’ve been spending on players like Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, there’s more cap space available.  And they need to spend some of it on the guys who have been part of the success the team has enjoyed during the past few seasons.

Despite not winning a Super Bowl since the 2004 season, the Patriots remain one of the league’s elite teams, clear favorites along with the Broncos to win the AFC title.  To stay there, they need to take care of some of the players who helped them get there.

67 responses to “Report: Pats, Edelman working on a new deal

  1. Good thing, we need Julian back! Sign on the dotted line so you can finally get the $$$ you deserve. Now, the pats just need a draft a big WR relatively high in the draft or make a trade for a proven veteran to play on the opposite side of Dobson. Really enjoying the Pats offseason so far!

  2. Great Idea! Keep Edelman and Vinnie. Flush Amendola for cap space. Re-sign Legarrette Blount. He gets awesome as the weather gets colder. And bring in Devin Hester to return Kickoffs, Punts and alternate in the slot for screens and reverses. Then find another quality tight end in the draft. And load up on the offensive line early and D-Line later in the draft. They can find some high quality D-Linemen late in those small school programs. Big fish in small ponds. I think they are really set at wide receiver. Their young guys are fast and quick studs who will play much better this year if healthy. I love the potential of that young group. And they will play a lot better with Gronkowski in the middle. Especially if the Pats find another TE to replace Hernandez.

  3. I see about 7M in cap space…including Browners expected 3-4M salary.

    But with Wilfork, Connolly, and Adrian Wilson most likely cap casulties, that’s another 13M saved right there.

    We can afford to bring Edelman back at an Amendola-like salary with room to take care of other needs.

    Make it happen Pats.

  4. That’s all well and good , but at the end of the 2014 season , if the Broncos don’t send New England home without another Lombardi trophy , the Seahawks or Niners will.

  5. Edelman is an important part of the Pats 2014 puzzle – especially when you factor in his special team contributions .

    NOTE : The Pats didn’t “squeeze” him out of his 50k workout bonus by converting it to a week 1 roster bonus – just the opposite . When Edelman first signed his 1 year deal he was on schedule to take part in his workouts but injured himself and couldn’t participate / earn the cash . That’s when the Pats decided he should still receive the money and made allowances for him to receive it .

  6. Julian has played a full season exactly one time. Last season. So let’s not back the Brinks truck up to his house just yet. Danny Amendola already took Edelmans money so anything more than 4 million per season is too much. An outside receiver would better serve the Pats than a 3rd slot receiver. (Josh Boyce, 4th round pick last year. 4.38 speed is also on the roster. He too is under 6′ tall)
    Anybody that plays a full season in the slot for the Pats can put up around 90 catches.

  7. This seemed destined to happen, in light of the Welker loss last year. They still need a reliable WR with a large catch radius. I realize Dobson is 6′ 3″, but he’s entering year two and missed significant time to injury. I realize Gronk changes everything, but they need more Frisbee catching dogs. Go git ’em, coach!

  8. Edelman was a 1000+ yard top WR on the team and he only earned $715K last year and like Oliver Twist has the temerity to beg for more. BB probably tells Julian flat out, you’re nothing without Brady. It may be true but Welker called his bluff last year and Edelman deserves a big upgrade, he’s earned it, but BB is cheap to slot WRs and enjoys this part of the game.
    Come on over to the 49ers…

  9. The Patriot Way:

    A safe haven for liars and cheaters and bad CB draft choices.

    Jim met Julian and could tell he had been tainted by this “Patriot Way” and therefore was not fit to wear the 49er helmet.

  10. Assuming Browna are actually still interested, Edelman would be a fool not to wait to make sure Cincy doesn’t match the Hawkins offer sheet before re-signing with NE.

  11. The Pats have certainly been consistent winners. But I’m not convinced that would be the case if they didn’t play six games against the Jets, Bills and Fish each year.

    I can’t believe Brady hasn’t demanded Bill and Kraft go get him some
    wide outs. The last time he had a top flight receiver they won 18 games in a row.

  12. Now that the Pats Defensive backfield is in order , Edelman should be a key part of the Patriots 2014 plans -especially when you factor in his special teams abilities .
    NOTE : The Pats converted 80% of his workout bonus to the start of the season to do him a favor.
    After Edelman had signed his deal he injured himself before workouts began and couldn’t fulfill the requirements for the Bonus – The Pats thought he still deserved it and found a mutually agreeable way to get him the cash .

  13. Since nobody else wanted him for $6 million a year he’ll return to the Pats with his tail between his legs for whatever they decide to pay him.

  14. The Patriots didnt squeeze him into converting a workout bonus to a roster bonus. They did it as a favor to him. He was hurt last offseason and would not have been able to earn the workout bonus. The Patriots did right by him when they converted it to a roster bonus.

  15. Get it done guys. Then trade Wilfork for a decent draft pick and sign Kevin Williams to replace him. Williams is just as good but WAY cheaper. The Pats should kick the tires on Allen and Peppers too. Brady only has a few years left. May as well load up on older players who are still really good and try to win a few more SB’s.

  16. when will we ever hear about BB’s sub par GM work. while they pay a very poor man’s version of welker in amendola last season who has done nothing since starring in the cowterds last appearance on hard knocks (very soon he won’t remember doing so), and let go the very man. constant draft and FA moves have shown him to be the complete opposite on the field. Terrific Tom cures all ails. soon the piper will come a callin’.

    does anyone remember laughter?

  17. While it still wouldn’t be surprising if Edelman moves on, it also wouldn’t be surprising if the continued pursuit by the Patriots is successful in landing him.

  18. I don’t understand the thinking in New England. They have a once-in-a-generation QB in his last few years and they’re starving him of offensive weapons and driving away the ones they have. As a Dolphins fan, I love it but I don’t understand it.

  19. Couldn’t agree more. They need to keep some of the ‘home grown’ guys, so to speak…guys who have been with the team and played major roles over the years. Having a revolving door of players every year diminishes the whole team concept. Plus, they’re spending so much on D, Brady needs to have at least some players he is familiar with in order to maximize his potential. Gronk and Edelman is a good foundation to start with. Build around that.

  20. Well said Mike, hopefully they get something done. Something around 3yrs/12 mil, 5.5 guaranteed

  21. Edelman should get out of New England while he has the chance.

    Despite a 3 year contract proposal, Belichick obviously considers him to be expendable or this situation wouldn’t be happening two years in a row.

  22. Apparently Belicheat can no longer manipulate these guys into the hometown discount. What’s up with that? These guys just don’t appreciate what Bill has done for them. How dare they?

  23. PLEASE Julian, pick the snow over the sun. We’ll take up collections every game at half-time to help get that number where it should be.

  24. It’s way past time to not only take care of Brady’s receivers, but try and find some more help.

  25. They didn’t “squeeze him” to convert a workout bonus to a roster bonus.

    He was injured in the Spring and couldn’t make his workout targets. They pushed it to a roster bonus so he could still earn the money.

  26. It’s more important to take care of Edelman this year than it was Welker last year, if only because of the age factor and the punt returning. They also should look to sign one of the pass rushing lineman. If they can get Edelman and a pass rusher done, the Patriots will be more of a threat to Denver.

  27. Jesus, please make this happen. Pats need JE. You stuck it to him on a. “Prove it ” year-he’s done that and then some. For Christ’s sake, pay the damn guy.

  28. I hope he’s back. I think welker’s production last year probably hurt his value. Welker’s still put up okay numbers but I think teams realized that the huge numbers are a result of the patriots game plan more than anything.

    Any reason to worry about the Revis paperwork not being officially submitted? I know he’s in Boston since a fan took a pic with him in Logan. But they still didn’t submit it as of end of day on Friday…

  29. I think this is their best offseason since 2007, at least on paper. Now they need to draft some linemen on both sides.

  30. I love Edelman but he is a product of the system. we need bigger guys to improve red zone efficiency. The only part of the field that matters is the Red Zone. There is no chance I give him Amendola type $$, that said Amendola will b cut next season, his cap hit is too large to be sent packing this season. GET A PASS RUSHER. I love Ninkovich but he played 93% of snaps last season, he is a 3rd best pass rusher, not top 2. Jones needs Jared Allen opposite him. Center, Safety and TE would be great as well.

  31. Rough Draft…

    To do list for BB:

    If the terms & $$ makes sense…re-sign Edleman & Blount.

    Re-work Gostowski & Wilfork contract….if they won’t rework the deals in the next month still….trade them both for draft picks (both are free agents in 12 months anyways).

    You don’t want a bad locker room presence in Wilfork if he is bitter and turning into Richard Seymour II.

    If Gostowski won’t take a discount now…he certainly won’t in 12 months. Why take a $3.8 Million hit for a kicker that probably won’t re-sign anyway.

    2014 Draft: In no particular order and no particular trading back in the draft….DT, Kicker, LB, DE, TE, Guard/Center, RB (Ridley & Vereen free agents in 2015).

    Roughly, $11.2 Million left in the 2014 cap for draft picks, free agents, late additions in 2014 season due to injuries. That $11.2 is NOT counting cap casualties to come or trades to come…

  32. You know, sometimes I think Harbaugh invites players to try out to drive up their market. Look at all the major people he looks at, and virtually none sign with the 9ers.

  33. Julian, you think you’re gonna get catchable balls thrown in your direction at either SF or Clev?

  34. If there is one Patriot that is a true team player, it is Edelman. I will honestly be really upset if the pats don’t keep him. He was the leading WR last season. He is one of the best punt returners in the league. He even played defense! If there is one player on this team that deserves a decent contract, it is Minitron!

  35. Brady doesn’t need any WR. He needs 8 slots guys that can get open for a 5 yard pass over the middle. He can still make that throw.

    I am going to enjoy the sunset of Brady’s career

  36. There is absolutely no need to spend money on Blount. He had a good borderline great 2nd half but plenty of quality in the backfield

  37. the Pats still an elite NFL Team….I think not, haven’t been elite for several years since they got caught filming the other team, still a very good team and a playoff team but not elite anymore.

  38. Yeah, non elite teams make the AFC Championship game every year and go to the SB damn near ever other year. Yep nothing elite about that!

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