The Patriots reportedly gave Julian Edelman a 4 p.m. deadline to re-sign Tuesday, but the slot receiver didn’t wait that long to break the news that he will test the free agent waters.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported just prior to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday that Edelman and the Patriots were unable to reach a deal. This does not mean that Edelman is officially done in New England. However, now the Patriots have serious competition if they intend to keep their leading receiver from 2013.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots had offered Edelman a three-year contract Tuesday but Edelman was apparently seeking more years, more cash or both.
Edelman outperformed the Pats’ big free agent signing of last spring, Danny Amendola, by catching a career-high 105 balls for 1056 yards last season. The former quarterback out of Kent State also produced 374 yards of punt return yardage in 2013.
The Pats re-signed Edelman last April, after much of that year’s free agency dust had cleared, to a one-year deal.