We have heard much about New England Patriots free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman to this point, other than the fact that most of us expect him to return to the Patriots. However, the Patriots finally have some competition, because Mike Garafolo of the USA Today reported yesterday that Edelman visited with the New York Giants yesterday and is also in New York with the Giants today.
Edelman has had a very lukewarm free agent market this offseason, because this is the first time we have heard a report actually linking a team to Edelman. Otherwise, everything else has been strong speculation pointed towards the Patriots re-signing Edelman.
Although the Giants will surely give Edelman a run for his money, I think Edelman’s best option is to stay in New England. The Giants situation at wide receiver is actually more settled at this point, and I don’t think he would receive the same amount of playing time in New York as he would in New England. The Giants are just looking for more depth at receiver, whereas Edelman would receive more playing time in Foxboro with significantly less depth at the wide receiver position.
It is also important to note that Edelman will not start in the slot at either spot, so it’s all about playing time and money. I think the Patriots are in the best position to give Edelman more playing time, and he would receive about the same money from either team. Edelman has value to the Pats as a wideout and as a returner, and they would love to keep him. The fact that he broke his hand and foot (injured reserve) last season has made his free agent market cool, and I think it’s best for Edelman to stay with the Patriots since continuity is also important.
However, the Giants have about as good of a chance at signing Edelman, which is something I would not like to see.
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