Patriots Get Value Out Of Edelman
It seems that once again, the Patriots have managed to find a way of getting great value out of players, as most good teams in the NFL do. This time, that value comes from receiver Julian Edelman.
Edelman, a fifth-year wide receiver, inked a deal with the Patriots for only one-year, with a maximum value of $765,000. The deal also includes some protection for the Patriots if Edelman gets injured again next year, as Edelman would only make $383,000 if he lands on injured reserve.
Last season, Edelman posted 10 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown before breaking his hand in the middle of a week 3 showdown with the Ravens. Edelman then returned in week 7, but didn’t get the same use from the offense until week 11, when he had a two-week stretch of great performances, which featured before injuring his ankle and landing himself on injured reserve.
The season totals from last year finished at 21 catches for 235 yards and 3 TDs, with 12 first downs, while playing on 24.1% of snaps. Just for sake of entertainment, if Edelman had played 70% of snaps, he would have had approximately 61 catches for 682 yards and 9 touchdowns, plus 35 first downs – not bad for $765,000.
Looking at Edelman’s 4-year career’s stats, which consist of only 48 games with 69 catches for 714 yards and 4 touchdowns, you might not think that signing him for $765,000 was much of a steal, but Edelman’s versatility is where his money is made.
For example, during Edelman’s performances against the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, Edelman scored two receiving touchdowns, plus a punt return that went to pay dirt, and a fumble recover on the kickoff coverage team that also gave him a touchdown.
With the Patriots receiving corps having plenty of depth, but not having a clear starting selection of receivers, Edelman has a good possibility of being one of the starts, which makes $765,000 quite a steal for the Patriots.
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