New England Patriots close to extension with WR Julian Edelman

Mike Garafolo, of the NFL Network, had previously reported the two sides were moving toward a deal.

With Edelman entering the final year of his contract, that made a whole bunch of sense.

The 31-year-old receiver is coming off of his best season as a pro, catching 98 passes for a career-high 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. In eight seasons with the New England Patriots, Edelman has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards receiving and 24 touchdown receptions. The contract extension likely will be signed in the next day or two, according to the report. After all, following this season he will have only made just over $20 million in total cash during his nine-year National Football League career. In addition, tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady are signed through the 2019 season. Danny Amendola, who is set to become a free agent following the 2017 season, and Andrew Hawkins are also in the mix. He's not the most skilled player on the New England roster, but Edelman is one of the more impactful players.

The notion that the Patriots might not retain Julian Edelman past the 2017 season has been percolating quite a bit in recent weeks. No game could have been more important though than Super Bowl 51 where Edelman was a vital part in engineering one of the greatest comebacks ever.

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