Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) on the field following a win over the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Patriots Pushing Hard To Retain 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

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.

 

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.

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    I agree…the Pats should feature an offense with two top TEs (Gronk & FA/draft) and wideouts, with deep threat potential, and Vereen coming out of the backfield as the outlet receiver. The slot receiver will have less value playing in a limited role this year. I want them to resign Talib…defense matters in the big games.