The Patriots and 3x Super Bowl cahmpion WR Julian Edelman have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, per Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The deal is reportedly a two-year extension with additional reports suggesting this will be Edelman's final contract with the Patriots and that he plans to retire at the expiration of the deal. The extension keeps Edelman under contract with New England through the 2021 season. Edelman will receive "a well-deserved raise" as part of the extension, according to Rapoport.
Edelman’s extension will include an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed, per Mike Reiss of ESPN. Edelman's base salary for 2019 was previously set at $2 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus before the extension.
Edelman's contract was set to expire and he would've become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season if he hadn't come to terms with New England on an extension. The deal comes on the heels of Edelman's 33rd birthday, which falls on May 22nd. It's hard to imagine anyone topping the gift Edelman just received from the Patriots.
Last season, Julian Edelman became just the 8th wide receiver in NFL history to win Super Bowl MVP with his 10-catch, 141-yard performance against the Los Angeles Rams. Edelman also moved into 2nd place all-time in career postseason receptions and career postseason receiving yards behind only Jerry Rice in both categories.
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