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

Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell's Contract Details Released

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Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) runs after making a catch during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We have been waiting to know how much money wide receiver Julian Edelman will be making with the Pats, and those numbers were finally released today.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald breaks it down:

Edelman inked a four-year deal to remain with the Patriots, and it’s worth $17 million, including a $5 million signing bonus, plus the chance to earn an extra $2 million in incentives. Edelman has $8 million in total guaranteed money for injury, and $6 million of that is guaranteed for skill.

When the official details are filed with the league, it’ll be easier to deciper what that all means. But essentially, the guess here is the $2 million in incentives are dubbed “not likely to be earned,” which means it’s based on stats or playing time that Edelman didn’t accomplish last season, and the incentives don’t count against the salary cap unless achieved.

I think this is a good deal for both sides, as the Pats don’t have to break the bank for Edelman, who in turn will receive a solid lump of cash. He had a terrific 2013 season, and definitely deserved this deal.

Newly signed wideout Brandon LaFell’s contract is for three years, and he will earn a total of $9 million. Howe once again has us covered, breaking his deal down year by year:


Signing bonus: $3 million

Base salary: $800,000

Roster bonus: $200,000 ($12,500 per game on 46-man roster)

Cap hit: $2 million


Base salary: $1.8 million

Roster bonus: $400,000 ($25,000 per game on 46-man roster)

Cap hit: $3.2 million


Base salary: $2.4 million

Roster bonus: $400,000 ($25,000 per game on 46-man roster)

Cap hit: $3.8 million

LaFell has the potential to really help out Tom Brady’s offense, and getting him at this price is a big win for New England.

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