Patriots, Julian Edelman agree to two-year extension

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots and their top receiver have in fact agreed to terms on a new deal that will keep him with the defending champs beyond the 2017 season.

The 31-year-old Edelman is fresh from his second 1,000-plus yard season in nine years with the Patriots.

Edelman had another career year during the 2016-17 regular season, ending up with over 1,100 receiving yards and 98 receptions, just two shy of the vaunted 100 mark.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady are signed through the 2019 season.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Edelman is on the verge of signing a contract extension.

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Edelman also holds the Patriots record for most punt returns for a touchdown, with four.

The biggest thing for Edelman and the new deal is the $9 million guaranteed. Edelman was set to be a free agent after this upcoming season, but now it is looking like Brady and the offense will have JE11 for an extended period of time.

Being signed through 2019 now guarantees he has reasonable salaries for 2018 and 2019 - even if he doesn't hit some of the incentives to push it to $7.5 million per year. Edelman is assured of a spot in the Patriots 53-man roster while Amendola and Hawkins are expected to battle for the last berth.

As has been the case with many recent Patriots deals, it appears to be a win-win for both sides.

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