January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Free Agent Profile: Julian Edelman

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest questions of this offseason for the New England Patriots, is what to do with Julian Edelman, and Aqib Talib. I already wrote about what I thought should be done with Talib, and our own Hal Bent chimed in with his opinion as well. For me, I see Talib as a much more valuable piece to this team, and if it came down to deciding between him and Edelman, I choose Talib. I am not neglecting what Edelman did last year, because he had a hell of a season. In a year where just about everybody went down due to injury, the former Kent State quarterback stood strong, and was an open target for Tom Brady all season long. But if the Pats could use the money on Talib, and say Emmanuel Sanders, I would much rather see them go that route. Not only do they have three talented second year receivers that will continue to develop, but Sanders is the type of player that can take the top off of the defense, something that has been missing in New England since Randy Moss left. And even though Danny Amendola didn’t have the kind of year that we were all expecting, he is certainly capable of handling the slot.

I love Edelman, but he might end up finding more money somewhere else next year, especially if New England decides to go after another receiver in free agency.

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