Edelman is finalizing a multi-year contract extension with the Patriots, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The 2019 Super Bowl MVP was entering the final year of his contract, so an extension was expected to get done at some point this offseason. Due to an ACL tear in 2017 and a four-game suspension to kick off his 2018 campaign, Edelman has not played a full season of football since 2016, but Tom Brady's most reliable wideout will remain alongside him for a 10th season and more with this extension.
Edelman brought in 10 of 12 targets for 141 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. He also rushed once for eight yards and returned two punts for two yards. Edelman was the no-brainer choice for Super Bowl MVP honors on a remarkable night where he constantly seemed to befuddle the Rams' secondary. The shifty veteran became the seventh wide receiver in NFL history to garner the award, and the second one in franchise history alongside Deion Branch. Seven of the receptions and 93 of Edelman's yards came in the first half, but he provided his game-long 27-yard grab on the first possession of the third quarter. Having put a sensational cap on a season that began with a four-game suspension -- and having missed the 2017 campaign due to an ACL tear -- Edelman will look forward to his first full season since 2016 when the Patriots begin defense of their sixth Super Bowl title next September.
Edelman caught seven of 10 targets for 96 yards during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs. Edelman was quiet through the early stages of the contest, but he made several big plays late in regulation and overtime to boost his overall line. After leading the team in targets, catches and receiving yardage, the veteran now has 16 receptions (on 23 targets) for 247 yards through a pair of postseason games. Edelman will be a key cog in the passing attack once again in the Super Bowl against a Rams team that has been vulnerable to opposing wideouts this season.
Edelman turned 13 targets into nine catches for 151 yards in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round win over the Chargers, while also adding a seven-yard carry. Edelman surpassed Reggie Wayne (93) for the second-most postseason receptions of all time, as his 98 catches are eclipsed only by Jerry Rice's gargantuan total of 151. While Edelman's no Rice, he's the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver in New England heading into what should be a high-scoring AFC championship game in Kansas City next Sunday.
Edelman caught five of six targets for 69 yards and a touchdown while adding 24 yards on two carries in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets. He finishes the season with 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns. Edelman's five-yard touchdown completed the scoring with 3:26 remaining. He's the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver for New England heading into the playoffs, which is quite a feat for a guy who couldn't even play in the season's first four contests due to a PED-related suspension.
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|3||09/22||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
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