New England Patriots close to extension with WR Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman reportedly is nearing a contract extension.

Patriots and WR Julian Edelman are moving toward a contract extension that should be completed in the next day or so, sources say.

Edelman now earns what some might consider a poor man's wide receiver salary. While his numbers may indicate that Edelman is a true No. 1 receiver, there's no chance he would get paid like one of the top wideouts in the game if he hit the open market. He had arguably the best season of his career past year, finishing with 1,106 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Edelman's most important catch - in the eyes of Patriots' fans - was his shoestring reception that kept the team's comeback bid alive in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons.

Edelman has been with the Patriots since 2009 after he was drafted in the seventh round.

The Patriots added speedster Brandin Cooks to a crowded receiving corps that already includes Edelman, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola.

Edelman's current contract is set to expire after the 2017 season, which prompted some questions from the outside about his future with the organization. He was playing on the final year of a four-year, $17 million deal.

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