Edelman (shoulder) won't be prosecuted after being cited for misdemeanor vandalism in January, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Edelman was arrested back on Jan. 11 in Beverly Hills, after reportedly jumping on the hood of a vehicle and causing damage. According to Thursday's official filing, "the owner of the vehicle has informed the DA's Office that he does not want the arrestee to be prosecuted for the proposed vandalism charge. The arrestee has no known criminal history. Case filing declined in the interests of justice." The 33-year-old wideout is bouncing back from a minor shoulder procedure that he underwent in January, and is expected to be ready for action whenever the Patriots next take the field. At that time, Edelman will no longer have Tom Brady throwing him passes, and he'll look to build chemistry with second-year signal caller Jarrett Stidham, while also re-connecting with veteran Brian Hoyer, who's back in the team's QB mix after spending last season with the Colts.
Edelman had shoulder surgery last week, with the expectation of being ready for the Patriots' offseason program this spring, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The extent of Edelman's participation in the offseason program is a legitimate question mark, but there isn't any reason to believe his rehab process will extend beyond spring practices. In addition to the recent procedure to repair the AC joint in his left shoulder, Edelman was expected to have arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee. It isn't clear whether the second procedure has taken place yet, but it should happen soon enough if it hasn't already. The offseason has already been quite busy for Edelman, who was arrested Jan. 11 and cited for misdemeanor vandalism, an infraction that probably isn't severe enough to warrant discussion of an NFL suspension. In any case, he'll turn 34 in May as he enters the first season of a two-year, $15.5 million extension. Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can become an unrestricted free agent in March, if he so desires.
Edelman is expected to undergo a pair of offseason procedures, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports. Per the report, the Patriots' top pass catcher is in line to have a scope to identify and help remove a loose body in his left knee, as well as undergo a procedure to repair the AC joint in his left shoulder. In other news, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Edelman, who was "arrested Saturday night in Beverly Hills, California, and cited for misdemeanor vandalism" is as a result scheduled to appear in court April 13. With the Patriots eliminated from the playoffs, Edelman -- who Zack Cox of NESN.com adds played most of the 2019 season with partially torn rib cartilage -- should have ample time to recover physically in advance of training camp, while the fallout from Saturday's incident, while something to follow, doesn't seem likely to be major.
Edelman could require offseason surgery after dealing with shoulder, knee and rib issues during the 2019 campaign, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Per Howe, Edelman's assortment of injuries were "serious enough that they would have ended some other players' seasons." As is it, the 33-year-old toughed it out through all 16 of the Patriots' regular-season contests, as well as the team's wild-card loss to the Titans. On the heels of a 100-catch, 1,117-yard campaign, Edelman will now look to recover from his aches and pains this offseason, with or without surgical repairs. Ultimately, Edelman's 2020 outlook will hinge on the status of long-time franchise quarterback Tom Brady, who is eligible to become a free agent March 18.
Edelman caught three of his five targets for 30 yards in the team's wild-card round loss to the Titans. He added two rushes for 12 yards and a score. Edelman was uncharacteristically quiet, out-targeted by N'Keal Harry and logging only the fourth most receiving yards on the team. It's unclear how much nagging shoulder and knee injuries derailed his performance, but Edelman had an untimely drop early in the third quarter that stalled an otherwise promising drive. Edelman is under contract through the 2021 season, and cutting him prior to the end of the 2020 league year would result in $8.3 million of dead cap. Thus, he is likely to be back in New England regardless of the status of long-time quarterback Tom Brady.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|4||10/04||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|9||11/10||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3 Year Avg||130||87||984||6||48||11.31||141|