Julian Edelman, age 31
Edelman played in sixteen games last season, amassing 98 catches, 1,106 yards, and three touchdowns. In the playoffs, he posted 21 catches, 342 yards, and a touchdown catch, all on the way to his second Super Bowl victory.
New England initially added Edelman as a seventh-round selection in the 2009 draft. Since the departure of Wes Welker in 2013, he’s become a crucial cog in the Patriots offense. Over the past four seasons, Edelman’s averaged 104 catches, 1,113 yards, and six touchdowns, along with a sprinkling of production as a return man on special teams.
The former Kent State quarterback turned 31 on Monday and will be entering the final year of his contract. Although he’s scheduled to hit free agency next March, Edelman will likely remain a Patriot for life.
The addition of Brandin Cooks will compliment Edelman’s play and create more opportunities in the passing game. Between Cooks ability to stretch the field and Julian’s short-area quickness, the two will combine for a talented tandem.