Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year extension that will keep the wide receiver with the reigning Super Bowl champions through the 2019 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday afternoon. In fact, while his 98 receptions became the second-highest single-season total of his National Football League career, he managed to set a new single-season career-best mark with his more than 1,100 yards receiving. He was playing on the final year of a four-year, $17 million deal.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a leader on the field and, when it comes to taking less money than he's worth, off it, too. Edelman was slated to become a free agent after the 2017 season. Since 2013, in the regular season he has averaged 6.47 catches per game, 70 receiving yards per game and totaled 20 touchdowns.
With Edelman set to play on an expiring contract, it appeared as if the Patriots were preparing for life after Edelman when they acquired Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints this offseason and signed Andrew Hawkins in free agency.
In Super Bowl LI, Edelman only had five catches for 87 yards, but one of those five receptions was an unbelievable catch you had to see to believe.
Based on productivity, Edelman has been grossly underpaid by the Patriots in his career, this might change with this projected contract extension.
Edelman also holds the Patriots record for most punt returns for a touchdown, with four.