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Julian Edelman | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Kent State
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The Boston Globe's Erik Frenz said Julian Edelman "is the clear-cut top receiver on the field" at Patriots OTAs.
Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski are not participating, but even so Edelman is showing no signs of slowing down after signing a four-year deal this March. That does not mean he will repeat his 2013 fantasy performance, though. Edelman will remain one of Tom Brady's favorite targets, but a healthy Danny Amendola, Gronkowski and Dobson almost assures Edelman will not see the 151 targets he saw last year. Edelman is still a reasonable WR3 option with WR2 upside in PPR formats. Jun 14 - 10:05 AM

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Julian Edelman's new deal with the Patriots has a base value of $17 million over four years.

It's a much better deal for the Pats than their five-year, $28.5 million commitment to Danny Amendola appears through one season. Amendola got $10 million guaranteed. Edelman has $8 million guaranteed, and the four-year pact has a max value of $19 million that can be reached through incentives. Amendola is locked into a roster spot for 2014, but the Patriots could save $2.1 million in salary cap space by releasing him next offseason. The Edelman deal magnifies that 2015 is a make-or-break year for Amendola in New England.
Mar 18 - 12:58 PM

Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman to a four-year contract.

Sanity wins out for both sides, though only after Edelman didn't hear the price he wanted on the open market. A slot dynamo coming off a career year where he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns, Edelman means more to the Patriots than he possibly could to any other team. However, his market likely would have been hotter if not for his injury history. Edelman was a secret weapon in 2013, but had just 69 previous career catches. With Danny Amendola returning and Aaron Dobson another year older, Edelman could be hard pressed to match last season's numbers. He'll be a WR3 in standard leagues, and WR2 in PPR.
Mar 15 - 3:00 PM

The Patriots and Julian Edelman are working on a new deal.

With several of the wide receiver needy teams now off the market, Edelman may be best served returning to New England. The 49ers are still out there, however, and could make a serious run at the slot-man. Edelman posted 105-1056-6 line last season.
Mar 15 - 10:14 AM

The Sacramento Bee reports the Patriots are "trying hard" to re-sign free agent Julian Edelman, and that the Browns remain interested.

The slot man is currently visiting the 49ers. We'd imagine the Browns' "interest" will disappear once the Bengals officially decline to match Andrew Hawkins' offer sheet. Per reporter Matt Barrows, Edelman's decision is expected to come down to money. That's understandable considering how little of it, relatively speaking, Edelman has made to this point in his career.
Mar 13 - 10:29 PM

Free agent Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers on Friday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 49ers are also interested in Hakeem Nicks. The Niners have slow-played the market, but are one of the more receiver-needy teams in the league. Edelman would represent a true slot threat that hasn't really been present during the Jim Harbaugh era. Provided the money is right, it would be a good signing for a team in the toughest division in football.
Mar 13 - 9:32 PM

According to CSN New England, the Browns are making a "strong push" for free agent Julian Edelman.

The Bengals are expected to match the Browns' offer sheet to Andrew Hawkins, so Cleveland remains on the hunt for a slot receiver. They won't find a better one available than Edelman, who is coming off a 105-catch season and is also a major asset in the punt return game. Brian Hoyer's old friend would be a fine underneath complement to explosive Josh Gordon.
Mar 13 - 9:20 AM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are interested in free agent Julian Edelman, but that "nothing has heated up yet."

The Ravens have already been linked to Steve Smith, and are apparently going to do their due diligence on every available wideout. Edelman would be a major upgrade on what the Ravens had in the slot last season, but it's anyone's guess as to how effective he'd be outside of the Patriots' system. He also has a lengthy injury history. We doubt GM Ozzie Newsome would overpay.
Mar 11 - 3:31 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots were unable to reach a deal with free agent Julian Edelman on Tuesday, and that he'll reach the open market.

NFL Network reported earlier Tuesday that the Pats made Edelman a three-year offer, but it apparently wasn't to his liking. Despite Edelman's importance in 2013, he was never a player the Patriots were going to overpay. He's a 5-foot-10, 198-pound slot receiver with an injury history. It's still possible Edelman ends up back in New England. He's a better fit for the Patriots than anyone else.
Mar 11 - 2:28 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have made free agent Julian Edelman a three-year contract offer.

They "want an answer by the start of free agency." At this point, it would make sense for Edelman to see what's out there; we're guessing the Pats aren't willing to break the bank. We do envision him ultimately staying in Foxboro.
Mar 11 - 10:58 AM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman have intensified contract negotiations Monday.

The two sides have been talking for the better part of a week now. With free agency less than 24 hours away, discussions have heated up. Both sides want to hammer out a deal, but Edelman wants to be compensated after being the Patriots' No. 1 receiver last season. Beat writer Jeff Howe expects the Browns, Ravens, and Texans to show interest in Edelman if he reaches the market.
Mar 10 - 8:18 PM

A team source tells Comcast SportsNet New England's Mike Giardi that there's a "strong push" inside Patriots headquarters for the team to re-sign free agent Julian Edelman.

Per Giardi, the coaching staff "loves" Edelman's "work ethic and production as a dual threat," referring to Edelman's receiving and punt returning prowess. We don't believe Edelman would break the bank in free agency, but he certainly should command a deal similar to Danny Amendola's from 2013. There is some belief the Pats would cut Amendola and essentially give his deal to Edelman, but we're skeptical. Ideally, New England would bring back both.
Mar 9 - 12:52 PM

ESPN reports the Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman "discussed a new contract" on Thursday.

The Boston Globe reported late last month that the sides had yet to talk, so it's possible they're just now beginning negotiations. Edelman's rep can begin talking with other teams on Saturday. The open market is likely alluring for the former seventh rounder, but Edelman would be tempting fate if he moved on from a fit as perfect as New England. Of course, he may have no choice if the Pats make a low-ball offer.
Mar 6 - 5:37 PM

The Boston Globe reports the Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman have yet to engage in contract negotiations.

The Patriots are focused on Aqib Talib, and Edelman is on the backburner. Edelman finally stayed healthy and had a breakout 2013 season, posting 105 catches. Both OC Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady love Edelman, so it'd be surprising if he got away. Beat writer Ben Volin expects the Ravens to express interest in Edelman if he hits the market, which at this point appears likely.
Feb 23 - 11:13 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests Houston as a possible landing spot for free agent Julian Edelman.

Despite Edelman's breakout 105-catch 2013 season, Reiss believes the Patriots will be unwilling to pay him Danny Amendola money (five years, $28.5 million). "The Patriots could absorb it but I think they would ultimately decide not to," writes Reiss. Ex-Patriots OC and WRs coach Bill O'Brien is now the Texans' head coach. With Houston, Edelman could round out an awfully nice three-receiver package alongside Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 2 - 9:34 AM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Derrick Johnson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski