Patriots Fans Rejoice Over Julian Edelman’s Reported Contract Extension

Arnold Nichols
May 22, 2019

Tom Brady is, no doubt, pleased.

Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots are finalizing a multi-year contract extension, as first reported by NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Today's news is great for both Edelman and the Patriots. It includes $12 million guaranteed, highlighted by an $8 million signing bonus, according to a source, and he'll earn base salaries of $1 million in 2019, $3.3 million in 2020 and $2.8 million in 2021.

The extension will run for two years, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Patriots grabbed the former college quarterback in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.

For his career, Edelman has 499 catches for 5,390 yards and 30 TDs in the regular season and another 115 catches for 1,412 yards and 5 TDs in the playoffs. Edelman also averaged 10.7 yards per punt return. The Super Bowl LIII MVP reportedly was rewarded for those efforts Tuesday. The NFL is a business, and players come and go all the time, especially in New England, but it's nearly impossible to envision Edelman playing on another team. He was suspended the first four games of last season but returned with a bang, catching 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns. The Kent State product caught 26 passes this postseason, including seven passes for 96 yards in New England's AFC Championship win over Kansas City.

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