According to CSNNE’s Michael Giardi, the Patriots are “pushing hard” to re-sign Julian Edelman. Edelman of course is one of the top free agents in the NFL this year, and in the eyes of many, retaining him will be extremely important for New England.
According to team source, there’s strong push in bldg to keep Edelman. Coaches love his work ethic & production as dual threat #patriotstalk
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 9, 2014
In my opinion, the Pats would be just fine if they let him walk. He is a good player, but easily replaceable. I have been pushing for New England to sign Emmanuel Sanders for quite some time, and if they had to let Edelman go to sign him, so be it. Sanders is more explosive, more versatile, and could finally be the piece that will take this offense over the top in the playoffs. Far too often we have seen Tom Brady‘s group get shut down in the postseason because of a lack of a deep threat. Sanders isn’t tall, but he has shown that he can take the top off of a defense.
Edelman had 105 receptions, 1,056 yards, and six touchdowns in his career best 2013 campaign.