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Edelman: 'Excited to be back' with Patriots
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017 11:55 AM to 2:00 PM EST
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Based on Julian Edelman’s social media messages Saturday afternoon, New England’s free agent receiver has reached a deal to re-sign with the team that drafted him and developed him as a 100-catch receiver.
“Foxboro is home. Excited to be back. #grind” – is the message that Edelman sent out via his @Edelman11 Twitter account.
Edelman's Facebook page displayed a photo of the receiver in his No. 11 Patriots uniform with the words “HOMECOMING.” written across the page. It included the message, “Aaaaand….we’re back. #GOPATS.”
Reports late Friday night from CBS Sports had indicated that Edelman and the Patriots were indeed working on a deal for the five-year veteran to return to New England despite a visit with the 49ers. There was also supposed free agent interest from the Browns and Ravens.
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Now, though, Tom Brady will retain his only consistent, reliable threat from last season when Edelman hauled in a career-best 105 catches in his first 16-game NFL campaign.
With Edelman back in the fold, New England will return the basis of its wide receiver corps from a year ago that also included Danny Amendola, special teams captain Matthew Slater and rookies Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins.
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