FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots have agreed to sign wide receiver Julian Edelman to a two-year contract extension, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
The recent Kent State grad will receive an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money just two days before he turns 33.
Edelman has totaled 499 receptions for 5,390 yards and 30 touchdowns during the regular season of his 9-year career.
Edelman tore his ACL during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions and missed the entire 2017 season.
He also holds the record for most punt-return yards in NFL history.
Edelman was suspended for allegedly violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs and missed the first four weeks of the season where the Patriots offense struggled to find their identity.
He didn’t skip a beat in 2018, tallying 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. During the playoffs, he caught 26 passes for 388 yards.
The elusive receiver has taken some big hits over the middle of the field and after contact during the course of his career. He has built up a reputation as a versatile, tough, and clutch receiver, especially in the playoffs. He has four punt-return touchdowns and one passing touchdown along with 30 receiving touchdowns during his career.
The fan-favorite was named Super Bowl MVP after catching 10 passes for 141 yards, including seven during the first half of the Patriots’ Super Bowl 53 win against the Los Angeles Rams in February.
Since the 2013 season, Edelman has 430 receptions for 4,676 yards and 26 touchdowns.
He caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl 49 win over the Seattle Seahawks and made a circus catch that helped during their Super Bowl 51 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The three-time Super Bowl champion is the second-all time in postseason receiving yards (1,412) and receptions (115) trailing only Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.
With tight end Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement and the receiving corps relatively inexperienced in the Patriots’ complex offensive system, the team will likely rely on Edelman more during the 2019 season.