According to sources, Julian Edelman has renewed his contract through the 2019 NFL season with the New England Patriots and it continues the crazy offseason they have had so far. It was unclear if the Patriots would give Edelman a new contract with the trade to acquire Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints. Overall, Edelman can receive up to $19 mill over a three-year span if he receives $4.5 mill in incentives. Virtually, it’s very close in comparison to the contract Wes Welker was offered in the 2012 offseason.
Edelman is coming off his best season in yardage (1106 yards), along with 98 receptions and scoring 3 touchdowns. This next upcoming season could be Edelman’s best considering the talent around him. Gronkowski is returning, the addition of Cooks, along with solid targets in Hogan, Mitchell, Amendola, Dwayne Allen and possibly Andrew Hawkins. Julian will continue to reap the benefits of a lot of targets because Brady loves to the spread the ball around the middle of the field (where Edelman does most of his work). The threat of Cooks and Gronkowski running the seams will make at least one of them be double covered, allowing Edelman to do what he does best and get open in the zones of the defense from the 5-15-yard range. He has shown the ability to be one of the most productive receivers in the league when healthy and he is arguably the Patriots most important weapon on offense.
Foxboro faithful is happy with the re-signing of Edelman and now New England has their big three in Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman all signed through the 2019 season. Along with Bill Belichick if he decides to continue coaching, which is more than likely with this team. This was a good signing with Edelman winning two Super Bowls in 2015 and 2017 and no Patriots fans wanted what happened to Welker, to Edelman.