September 25, 2017
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The New England Patriots and wide receiver Julian Edelman have reportedly reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension. USA TODAY Sports/ Bob Donnan

Patriots, Julian Edelman Reach Agreement On Contract Extension (REPORT)

The New England Patriots had no intention of letting Julian Edelman play out the final year of his contract in 2017 and reached an agreement on a two-year extension with the star receiver Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Edelman, 31, led New England’s receiving corps with a career-high 1,106 receiving yards in 2016, and has quickly become one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets alongside tight end Rob Gronkowski. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound shifty receiver was instrumental in the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl winning season, recording 21 receptions for 342 yards in three playoff games.

Edelman was entering the final year of his four-year contract and was scheduled to earn $3 million in base salary this season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Edelman’s two-year extension is for $11 million and includes $9 million in guarantees.

The Patriots seventh-round pick out of Kent State is coming of his second 1,000-yard plus receiving season and is surrounded by one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.

New England acquired two-time 1,000-yard receiver Brandin Cooks through a trade with New Orleans this offseason, and still have Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and Danny Amendola returning in 2017. The Patriots also signed veteran receiver Andrew Hawkins in free agency, and added another playmaking tight end, Dwayne Allen, through a trade.

The Patriots are looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions for the first time since 2003 and 2004 and arguably have a more talented team overall than they did a year ago.

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