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Julian Edelman has been through the ringer over the past year. The Patriots wide receiver rode the highest of highs winning Super Bowl MVP, but also rode the lowest of lows as he had to battle coming back from a torn ACL in 2017 and then was slapped with a suspension for the first month of the season. That said, Edelman has come through the other side and now it appears like he’s due a bit of a pay bump.

Edelman, who’ll be 33-years old by the start of next season, is heading into the final year of his two-year, $11 million contract he signed back in 2017 and is set to earn just $2 million in base salary with a total cap hit of around $4.5 million. Not only will the Patriots want to lock Edelman up for the remainder of his NFL career, but they’ll likely need to do it to prevent disrupting the balance in the locker room.

Earlier this free agent period, the Patriots lost out on the likes of Adam Humphries, Golden Tate and Cole Beasley. New England seemed to be a finalist for Beasley before he inked a four-year, $29 million contract ($7.25 AAV) with the the Buffalo Bills. They also had given Adam Humphris a better offer than the four-year, $36 million contract ($9 million AAV), but the pass catcher verbally agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans and stayed true to his word.

Edelman relates to those signings because, had they gone through, they would have been making well over what he would have been earning in 2019. A move like that without an Edelman extension/restructure would be a bad look in the locker room after he just battled back from a season-ending injury to then be a key reason why you were able to win the Super Bowl in 2018. It’s just bad business.

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While the Patriots did swing and miss on those free agents, there does seem like there should be another shoe to drop to bolster their receiving unit in 2019. Yes, they’ve added the likes of Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris, while retaining Phillip Dorsett, but they also need to inject the unit with a top of the line pass catcher. While they are still waiting for a deal like that to arise, it wouldn’t seem out of the question for them to get a new Edelman deal done in the meantime.

The receiving still seems to be atop his game as he put up some stellar numbers in 2018. In the regular season, he caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games played.

Stephon Gilmore did the Patriots a solid this week as he and the team converted $8.5 million of the corner’s contract into a signing bonus, according to Field Yates of ESPN. That, in turn, creates $5.67 million in cap space for New England to use this offseason and gives them more flexibility to go after various free agents.

It appears that former NFL cornerback Adam Jones will be put behind bars for last month’s casino arrest.

According to TMZ, the 35-year-old has agreed to a plea deal which will put him in jail and also ban him from drinking alcohol for a year and a half.

“Pacman” was arrested at Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, and charged with felony intimidation, felony battery against an officer along with several other misdemeanors. Authorities say he was cheating while playing a table game, and things escalated when he was confronted.
This is a win-win for both sides as Gilmore gets the $8.5 million up front with the signing bonus and now the Patriots have more room to work as they continue to improve upon their roster in the free agent market, while also looking at trades and the NFL Draft coming in the next month. The Patriots are still pretty thin at the wide receiver position along with tight end and defensive line, so there could now be more roster moves on the horizon now that they have the space.

This move could also help facilitate any extensions that the Patriots would want to give out to players already on the roster. Names likes Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and certainly Julian Edelman appear due for a bit of a bump this offseason with revamped deals. Gilmore may have helped facilitate that with this move. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski is also still on the free agent market with the two sides reportedly nearing a deal, so this move could also help bring him back.

Overall, this gives the team more options. And it wouldn’t be too surprising to see more moves like this with various players in the next few weeks so the Patriots can create even more cap space, but this is a solid start and solid gesture by Gilmore.

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While he was always a star corner since coming into the league, Gilmore really rose to elite status in 2018 with his play in Foxboro. For the year, Gilmore finished with 45 tackles, 20 passes defended and two interceptions. Pro Football Focus also added that Gilmore allowed catches on just 46.7 percent of his targets. Those 20 passes defended were a career high for Gilmore and he was just the fifth Patriots player to reach that mark in franchise history. Not only was Gilmore able to put up some impressive numbers for the year, he did so by guarding some of the top pass catchers in the NFL like Antonio Brown, Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and others.

In the playoffs, Gilmore added seven more tackles to his totals to go along with five passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble. One of those interceptions came in New England’s 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII where he also had five tackles, the forced fumble and three passes defended.