Although the Patriots have not officially announced the signing, Edelman took to Twitter to confirm the news by tweeting, "Foxboro is home. Excited to be back."
As Tom Brady's favorite target with the absence of tight end Rob Gronkowski during most of the 2013 season, Edelman had a breakout year. The 27-year-old former Kent State quarterback caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns. Edelman was also a threat returning punts, averaging 10.7 yards a return.
Saturday's news certainly put a smile on the faces of Patriots fans, capping off a week that saw the team sign cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. The team have apparently set its attention on the offensive side of the ball by bringing back a receiver who already knows the offense and has proven chemistry with Brady.
The move does bring in the question on what the team's plans are for receiver Danny Amendola, who the team signed to a three-year deal last year. After an injury plagued season, Amendola wasn't able to produce up to his capabilities. Trade rumors have swirled around Amendola as his roster spot is not secured.
The Patriots are also hoping second-year receivers Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce take huge steps in 2014. Each rookie showed glimpses of promise before injuries slowed them down.