The New England Patriots have had an up and down off-season. With the departure of some key members of the Super Bowl championship squad, the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, and a very solid draft that provided the team with some depth, their latest move adds some insurance and sends positive vibes throughout New England.
The Super Bowl MVP and fan favorite Julian Edelman reached two-year extension worth $11M/yr with an $8M signing bonus. In all likelihood, that will lead him to the end of his career in a Patriots uniform through the 2021 season.
This off-season provided a lot of questions coming from the offensive side of the ball, something fans aren’t used to from New England. Obviously, the doubts that surrounded Gronkowski’s return became true, and rumors that Chris Hogan was on his way out were also realized when he signed with the Carolina Panthers. New England added WR N’Keal Harry through the draft in the first round, which was the first time that Bill Belichick had ever selected a wideout with his first selection in a draft.
Now that the offense has been somewhat stabilized for the 2019 season, what could Edelman’s long-term deal mean for some other members of the Pats offense?
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Quarterback Tom Brady is entering this season at age 42, and many are sure that this will be the year that Ol’ Father Time will come calling for TB12. Well, they said the same thing last season too. All that did was motivate the man to go out and get some more hardware for his next Shield’s MRI commercial. They’ll have to get him a bigger locker.
Brady has already indicated on multiple occasions that he’d like to stick around until he’s 45, and based upon last season, it appears he’ll be able to, considering he put up even better numbers than Peyton Manning in his 2008 MVP campaign.
Throughout his career, Brady has never entered the final year of his deal, and this would be the first time, should the Patriots elect to not lock him up for what most definitely would be the remainder of his career. Assuming that it’s only a matter of time before Brady is approached with a new offer sheet wouldn’t be outlandish, considering they just went and locked up the QB’s favorite target.
Certainly, good news out of Foxborough this morning for Pats Nation. Number 11 will be in the red, white, and blue, likely until he retires. The only thing that would make it sweeter is if Tom Brady was guaranteed to be with him, and that deal is likely on the way sooner rather than later.
-Brendan Howe is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanHowe_