By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
Weeks after being named the most valuable player in last season’s Super Bowl, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had his contract restructured earlier today, which should keep him in New England for the remainder of his career.
According to multiple reports, Edelman’s new contract will keep him with the Patriots through the 2021 season.
As noted through ProFootballTalk.com, Edelman’s contract was set to expire after the upcoming season.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Edelman’s new contract “includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money.”
Prior to being named the Super Bowl most valuable player, Edelman hauled in 74 receptions on 108 targets for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 regular season contests. Edelman was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for testing positive for PED (performance-enhancing drug) use.
In three playoff games, Edelman recorded 26 receptions on 35 targets for a career-best 388 receiving yards, while also tallying two carries for 15 yards.
Since being drafted in 2009, Edelman has become quarterback Tom Brady‘s go-to receiver in both the regular season and postseason.
According to ProFootballReference.com, Edelman has recorded 499 receptions in 115 games, including 30 grabs in the end zone. He has tallied 5,390 receiving yards, which is an average of 10.8 yards per reception.
Edelman and the Patriots will begin their recent title defense on Sunday, September 8 when they host the Pittsburg Steelers for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff.
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