The contract extension is coming off one of Edelman' best seasons.
It was just earlier on Thursday that reports surfaced the New England Patriots and wide receiver Julian Edelman were closing on on a contract extension. As a result of the newly inked pact, Edelman will remain in New England until at least the 2019 season.
The Patriots thought outside of the box in 2009 when they drafted him in the seventh round (232nd overall) and converted him from college quarterback to National Football League punt returner/receiver. He caught 92 passes for 972 yards in 2014 and had 105 receptions for 1,056 yards in 2013.
Edelman tallied 98 receptions for 1,106 receiving yards and three touchdowns over 16 games with the Pats last season, his eighth with the team.
Edelman was set to enter free agency after the 2017 season before he and the Patriots hammered out a deal. In fact, while his 98 receptions became the second-highest single-season total of his National Football League career, he managed to set a new single-season career-best mark with his more than 1,100 yards receiving.