After a year in which Julian Edelman was the #1 WR for the New England Patriots, leading the team with 105 receptions and over 1,000 yards, he is looking for a decent payday. The Patriots would like to keep Edelman on staff and talks about a long-term contract heated up just before free agency opened a couple of days ago. New England reportedly made a three-year offer, of which the terms were not disclosed. It was apparently not what Edelman was looking for as he is now testing the market.
It will be very interesting to see what comes available. Julian is a good player but more than likely, his best fit is in New England with Tom Brady. He is unlikely to find the volume of work anywhere else in the league right now. Remember that Peyton Manning already has Wes Welker.
The Baltimore Raves are reportedly interested but nothing significant has happened on that front.
A little more significant, is the report that the Cleveland Browns are very serious about acquiring Julian. Edelman’s old teammate, Brian Hoyer is already there and he would make a good compliment to budding superstar Josh Gordon.
A dark-horse team to keep an eye on might be the New Orleans Saints. They released long-time Saint Lance Moore earlier and are looking for a sure-handed slot man. Especially now that Darren Sproles is also no longer available to them.