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New England Patriots aggressive in attempt to re-sign Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts after a first down against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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The New England Patriots do not want a repeat of last year when they let their top receiver Wes Welker walk away and sign with the Denver Broncos. According to a report by the Boston Herald on March 10, the Patriots are making a strong push to sign their 2013 top receiver, Julian Edelman, before free agency begins.

Edelman emerged last year with 105 receptions and 1,056 yards along with six touchdowns. Most importantly, the former quarterback turned wide receiver was Tom Brady’s most reliable target once tight end Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending injury.

A seventh-round pick in 2009, Edelman is also valuable as a punt returner and has also played on the defensive side of the ball. His versatility is a skill the Patriots enjoy in a player so bringing him back will be an asset to the team.

The Patriots did allow Edelman to test free agency last year before eventually signing him to a one-year deal. But with his breakout performance, it may be tougher for the team to sign him once he hits the open market which is a reason the New England Patriots would like to reach a deal with Julian Edelman before free agency officially begins Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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