Two More Years Fine with Star
FOXBORO — Julian Edelman has only known one place throughout his Patriots career, and he’s intent on keeping it that way.
The Patriots were happy to oblige - at least for a few more years - when they signed Edelman to a contract extension earlier this week that will keep the reigning Super Bowl MVP in Foxboro through the 2021 season.
The wide receiver, who was seen chugging a beer on the JumboTron as the banner captain of a Bruins playoff game a few weeks ago, has embedded himself in this city since getting drafted in 2009. The decision to stay a little longer was easy.
“It’s awesome,” Edelman said after Thursday’s OTA session. “I’m born here in my football career, and I’m gonna have a few more years here. I want to thank the Kraft family, coach (Bill) Belichick, Nick Caserio and everyone that was involved, my agents, for getting this done. I love being here. I don’t want to be anywhere else, and I’m excited for this upcoming year and I’m excited for this spring to work on our fundamentals and mold our team and keep it going.”
Edelman, who turned 33 on Wednesday, will be 35 when his contract expires. The new deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in overall guarantees, a source told the Herald earlier this week.
It’s another team-friendly deal for Edelman, though his age probably plays more of a factor now than before. He danced around a question when asked if he would characterize the negotiations as easy, but he seemed satisfied that it was behind him.
“We got something done and business is business,” Edelman said. “We’re done with that and all I know is that we’re here and I’m going to be here for a few more years, and I couldn’t be any more happy.”
Edelman, who’s entering his 11th season with the Patriots, has never seemed to have any inclination to play anywhere else, and he made it clear that hasn’t changed.
“Honestly, I’ve just always been worried about what’s on my plate at the time and place that I was in at that time,” Edelman said. “Honestly, I didn’t want to go anywhere and I’m not going anywhere, so Boston, I’ll be back, for a couple more.”