Julian Edelman isn’t going anywhere for a while.
The Patriots wide receiver is signing a two-year contract extension to remain in New England for the foreseeable future, according to multiple reports from NFL Media on Tuesday. ESPN reported the deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed.
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
The #Patriots are giving WR Julian Edelman a two-year extension, source said, potentially taking him to the end of his career and allowing him to retire in New England. A well-deserved raise, too.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2019
Edelman is 32 and he has one year remaining on his current two-year, $11 million deal, so if he believes he’ll be ready to retire at 35 then this contract could indeed carry him to the end of his career.
For now what is pretty certain is New England is locking up Edelman for the foreseeable future and this has to make Tom Brady very happy.
The only receiver Brady has completed more passes to than Edelman since 2009 is Rob Gronkowski.
Edelman has been targeted 749 times and caught 499 passes from Brady in his career.
The only wide receiver the six-time Super Bowl winner has completed more passes to in his career is Wes Welker (926 targets, 672 catches).