The Patriots are in the process of finalizing a contract extension with Julian Edelman, who was set to enter the final year of a deal that paid a base salary of $2 million, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports via Herbie Teope of NFL.com.
Since entering the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State with the Patriot, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound Edelman, who turns 33 on Wednesday, developed into one of the NFL’s most reliable weapons.
Edelman broke out in 2013 with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns on 151 targets, and has averaged 86 catches for 935.2 yards and 5.2 touchdowns on 128 targets over the past five seasons.
He has played a big role on three Super Bowl-winning teams, including capturing the MVP award in Super Bowl LIII’s win over the Los Angeles Rams. Edelman also produced one of the top championship-game circus catches in the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.