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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  • Steve Oliver

    No disrespect Cyrus, but putting Edelman and Talib in the same sentence is crazy. Other than the fact that they both are entering free agency together and they are teammates, they share very little in common, Talib is a very talented CB with a good skill set. However; his age and tendency to fall prey to injury in very high profile situations leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Edelman showed this year that he too has talent. While talent is only a fraction of success in the NFL. One thing which Edelman has is “heart”, which I question that Talib has. When it comes to maintaining contracts this off season, I hope that both stay and in a way that is helpful to the team and not just themselves. If either one, or both feel that they are greater then the team, I say good bye to them! The coaching staff has guided us through difficult personnel losses before and will do it again.

    • Cyrus Geller

      The reason I put them in the same sentence, is because they both are free agents. The Pats have a choice to make, and they will be involved.

    • Duncan Day

      True. The Patriots can survive without Edleman if they pick up another receiver. The Pats can survive without Talib too. Its really the secondary as a whole, the aggressiveness and tenacity of the defense too that can bring them championships. The Seahawks are so good because they bring the heat on D, which can make up for lack of talent with some teams

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