After signing Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet earlier on Wednesday, the Patriots also agreed to terms with one of their own, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.
Julian Edelman has re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal, returning another weapon to the Patriots’ offense. The deal likely wont’ have much guaranteed money, but it is laden with incentives, according to Ian Rapoport.
Edelman visited with the New York Giants late last week, leading to speculation that he could be headed out of town, but apparently it wasn’t much more than flirtation between the two sides.
His return to the Patriots gives Tom Brady at least one reliable option on offense and helps to beef up an otherwise unsteady receiving corps. Edelman caught 21 passes and three touchdowns in nine games in 2012, but a variety of injuries kept him off the field and a broken foot suffered in Week 13 sidelined him for good.
After sitting with a barren receiving corps for much of the offseason, the Patriots have now agreed to deals with five wide receivers this offseason. Assuming Sanders’ offer sheet goes through, the Patriots’ depth chart at receiver would include Danny Amendola, Donald Jones, Michael Jenkins, Sanders and Edelman. And for a team once concerned with their options heading into next season, they now appear fairly set at the position.
Photo via Facebook/Julian Edelman