New England Patriots free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman recently visited the New York Giants, but he is expected to stay in Foxboro for at least another year. That’s because the Giants are the only other team besides the Pats to have been linked to Edelman, and they didn’t even offer a contract to Edelman on the visit. A few Giants fans told me that they think Edelman is asking for too much money, because GM Jerry Reese would be willing to take a “risk” on Edelman’s injury history if the price is right.
The reason why the versatile wide receiver’s free agent market has been so dry is likely because of the injuries Edelman suffered last season, as he broke his hand early in the year and his foot late in the year. The broken foot landed Edelman on the injured reserve, and ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reports that Edelman is “fully recovered” from the injury that dates back to December.
Edelman, 26, will almost certainly be ready for OTAs since he is fully recovered, and this is good news on the injury front for both the Patriots and Edelman. The Pats would most likely love to bring back Edelman, and he is a player who fits best lining up both inside and outside (he’s not a true slot receiver). Edelman’s punt returning ability is also a valuable commodity for the Patriots, and the Pats represent the best opportunity to play (and get paid) for Edelman. A large part of that has to do with team experience, as well as the Patriots less-than-certain situation at wide receiver. In fact, the Pats don’t have a WR under contract that played in 2012.
Reiss notes that Edelman is considering every option in free agency (as he should).
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