The re-signing of receiver Julian Edelman was a big free agency victory for the New England Patriots. His new four-year contract worth $17 million was confirmed on Tuesday. According to a report by ESPN on March 18, Edelman expressed how “awesome” it is to be back catching passes from Tom Brady and also expressed his opinion on the signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis.
In an interview with the Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF in Boston, Edelman talked about his free agency experience and how visiting other teams made him realize that New England was home.
“You know, I got to go home and see the Niners, and I grew up a huge Niners fan. But being in New England the last five years, that’s just home. I mean, that’s just home for me right now and just the way the mentality of the team, how everything’s done – the scheme, the players, the locker room, the fans.”
One of those players is his quarterback Tom Brady. Edelman had a break out season in 2013, catching over 100 passes for over 1,0000 yards and was by far Brady’s most reliable target when Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending injury. Edelman attributed retuning to the team to being able to play with Brady.
“When you get to come to work and play with one of the best, it makes it a lot easier. Especially with the kind of player and person Brady [is], along with a lot other guys on the team.”
Edelman was also very expressive and complimentary of another player. When asked about the acquisition of cornerback Darrelle Revis, who he has played against, he called him the “best [cornerback] in the league” and is glad to have him as a teammate.
“There’s usually two or three types of corners in the National Football League. You have guys that are long, lanky, good at the line of scrimmage, quicker than fast, long speed, good transition. When he’s healthy, he seems to have all that. He’s always very tough to compete against and it’s great to have him join the team.”
Edelman will get to see a lot of Revis in practice and as far as his new contract, the Patriots receiver is focused on his future and excited to be back with the team.
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