Julian Edelman would be nuts at any time and for any reason wanting to leave New England. That’s why the breaking news of Tuesday morning comes as no surprise.
According to insider Mike Garafolo, the wide receiver is close to agreeing to a new contract with the Patriots that will keep him in Foxborough for the remainder of his NFL career.
According to ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss, the deal includes a signing bonus of $8 million and guaranteed money of $12 million. Edelman’s 2019 base salary drops to $1 million per Curran, pushing his cash flow to at least $9 million in 2019.
The remaining details are unclear. The deal is worth $9 million per year for new money. Factoring his expected earnings in 2019, the deal has an annual average of $7 million.
Sources: The #Patriots are finalizing a multi-year contract extension with Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman that should keep him in New England for the rest of his career. Tom Brady’s security blanket is now locked in for his 10th season and beyond.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 21, 2019
It is impossible to overestimate the particular importance of Edelman to Tom Brady and the Pats. Since it was drafted in the seventh round back in 2009, the 32-year-old has won three Super Bowl titles and was named the big game’s MVP just a few months ago.
In addition, this week Edelman officially graduated from Kent State University with his bachelor’s degree. All told, the 2019 calendar year has an opportunity for the Bearded One to be the best one yet.
And it starts with a chance, at long last, to get paid what he’s really worth by the team he’s given everything to over the past decade.
Edelman’s adjustment reward for a career that features solid regular-season play but historic efforts after the season. With 1,412 career playoff receiving yards, Edelman ranks No. 2 on the all-time list to Jerry Rice, who gained 2,245 yards.
Let’s look at it from a few angles. First up is involved with the money. We don’t know exactly what kind of cash Edelman is still getting, but it’s probably going to be a bump from the two-year, $11 million contract he signed last with New England. It probably won’t be a bank-breaking deal, though. Edelman loves playing in New England, he’s found a niche as Tom Brady’s top weapon, he was getting buzz as a Hall of Fame wideout with another incredible playoff run last offseason and he just won Super Bowl MVP. He went from a potentially undrafted player (Belichick snared him in the seventh round on the advice of sportswriter Rick Gosselin) to living the freaking dream in Boston.