Julian Edelman is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract.
Based on the length of the extension and Edelman's age, it appears as though the team is giving Edelman the opportunity to spend his entire career as a member of the Patriots, an honor not often given to even the very best players during the Patriots' two separate runs to winning three Super Bowls.
The extension was first reported Tuesday by NFL Network.
He signed a two-year deal worth $11 million in 2017, with $5 million guaranteed.More news: 'John Wick 3' dethrones 'Avengers: Endgame' with $57 million
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Today's news is great for both Edelman and the Patriots. The deal also has an $8 million signing bonus and features $2.8 million guaranteed in 2021, the final season of the contract. He will be surrounded by a group of mostly new faces in 2019, including bigger receivers like rookie N'Keal Harry and veterans Demaryius Thomas, Dontrelle Inman and Maurice Harris along with returners Josh Gordon, if he returns from suspension, and Phillip Dorsett.
For his career, Edelman has 499 catches for 5,390 yards and 30 TDs in the regular season and another 115 catches for 1,412 yards and 5 TDs in the playoffs.
Edelman, a 2009 seventh-round pick, had yet another productive season in 2018, compiling 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns.
Edelman, who has served as Tom Brady's security blanket for years, caught 10 passes for 141 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in February to help New England capture its sixth Super Bowl championship.