The New York Giants hosted New England Patriots free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman on Wednesday and Thursday, and the Giants are the only team to be linked with Edelman in what has been a very quiet free agency for the Kent State product. Pats fans were faced with the thought of not having Edelman back in 2013, and a few fans threw out the ol’, “The Giants want revenge for Jake Ballard” deal. Interestingly enough, 2013 will be Ballard’s Patriots debut, and the Pats are rumored to have big plans for him with his rehab going well this offseason.
Anyway, Patriots fans breathed something of a sigh of relief yesterday, as Giants beat writer Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported that Edelman was not offered a contract after the two-day visit. Per Vacchiano, Edelman is “pondering” his options.
The Patriots present the best opportunity for Edelman to receive playing time, because the wide receiver situation in New England is far less crowded than in New York. He wouldn’t start in the slot with either team, and Edelman really isn’t a slot receiver anyway. His versatility makes him a wideout who should play outside and inside (more on the outside) and run a mix of short, intermediate, and a few deep routes.
As of right now, the Pats seem to be in the better position to give Edelman a bigger pay day. I would think the only reason why he would go to the Giants is for financial reasons, so it will be interesting to see what the Giants offer. Maybe, he didn’t receive a contract because the Giants don’t want to give him what he wants. In the end, I think Edelman’s versatility at WR and on returns will end up in him re-signing with the New England Patriots. The fact that he broke both his hand and foot (the latter landed him on the injured reserve) lats season likely made him far less attractive to a number of teams.
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