Julian Edelman, Patriots reportedly finalizing contract extension

By WEEI 93.7

While it's seemed likely ever since he won the MVP in Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots are finally extending Julian Edelman's deal.

According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, the Patriots and Edelman are finalizing a contract extension which should keep the 32-year-old in New England for the remainder of his career. Edelman's contract was due to expire at the end of the 2019 season.

Edelman had one of his best years last season, finishing with 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 regular-season games, but took it to a whole new level in the postseason. In the three games, he recorded 26 receptions for 388 yards.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport adds it is a two-year extension and includes a bump in pay, which is deserving considering he was due to have a base salary of just $2 million in 2019.

It will be worth seeing how this impacts the salary cap, as the Patriots were working with just under $4 million and it could lower his just over $5 million cap hit for this coming season