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AP Source: Pats, Edelman agree to two-year extension

Tue May 21 6:24pm ET
By KYLE HIGHTOWER
AP Sports Writer

Players: Julian Edelman

New England Patriots Julian Edelman #11 celebrates a win against the Los Angeles Rams after NFL Super Bowl 53, Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the New England Patriots have reached an agreement on a two-year extension with receiver Julian Edelman.

The deal is worth $18 million and includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because terms have not been announced.

Edelman signed a two-year, $11 million extension in 2017. He was scheduled to make $2 million in base salary in 2019, with bonuses that pushed in close to $4 million. This extension keeps the 32-year-old under contract with the Patriots through the 2021 season.

A seventh-round pick by New England in 2009, it also gives the reigning Super Bowl MVP a chance to complete his career with the team he's helped win three rings.

Edelman missed the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL and the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league's performance enhancers policy. But he helped steady New England down the stretch, finishing the season with 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns.

Player Notes
Malcolm Jenkins May 21 9:43am ET

Philadelphia Eagles FS Malcolm Jenkins is absent from organized team activities. Jenkins was also absent for offseason workouts.

Josh Jones May 21 8:23am ET

Green Bay Packers SS Josh Jones is away from voluntary organized team activities and working out in Florida because he's hoping to be traded, according to a source.

Reuben Foster May 21 12:13am ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but there are also some worries about possible artery damage in his leg, according to a source.

Cooper Kupp May 20 10:53pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) said he is happy with the progress he is making in his rehab but does not want to put a timetable on his return. Head coach Sean McVay said the goal is for Kupp to be ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Spin: Kupp probably will not be on a practice field until training camp, so fantasy players should monitor his situation over the next few months. He is one of the better receivers in the NFL when he is healthy and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver in 2019.

Larry Fitzgerald May 20 10:13pm ET

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson and WR Larry Fitzgerald were not present during practice Monday, May 20.

Fantasy Spin: Both Johnson and Fitzgerald could participate in practice later this offseason and should be on the field for mandatory minicamp. Johnson will be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues this upcoming season, while Fitzgerald could be a No. 3 receiver.

Ndamukong Suh May 20 9:53pm ET

Free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh (Rams) could be an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the team released DT Gerald McCoy, in the opinion of The Athletic's Greg Auman.

Julio Jones May 20 9:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of organized team activities Monday, May 20.

Fantasy Spin: Jones is talking with the team about a contract extension and may not participate until the mandatory minicamp. Jones continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.

Case Keenum May 20 8:43pm ET

Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum received the first snap during team drills Monday, May 20.

Fantasy Spin: Keenum will compete with Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy for the starting quarterback job during training camp. Fantasy players probably should avoid the Redskins quarterback situation in drafts, but Haskins likely will have some value in keeper leagues.

Reuben Foster May 20 8:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during practice Monday, May 20, according to a source.

Gerald McCoy May 20 8:13pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy was released Monday, May 20.

Amari Cooper May 20 7:43pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is at a stalemate in contract extension talks with the Cowboys, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Cooper is entering the final year of his contract, so the team is looking to sign him to a long-term extension this offseason. He played well after joining the Cowboys and should receive plenty of targets this upcoming season. He can be a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.

De'Vante Bausby May 20 7:03pm ET

Denver Broncos CB De'Vante Bausby worked with the first-team defense during practice Monday, May 20, because CBs Chris Harris Jr. and Isaac Yiadom (shoulder) did not participate.

Shamarko Thomas May 20 7:03pm ET

Denver Broncos SS Shamarko Thomas (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, May 20.

Kyle Rudolph May 20 6:13pm ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he plans to participate in practice Tuesday, May 21, even though his future with the team is uncertain.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph has been part of trade rumors this offseason, so it is not known which team he will play for in 2019. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end no matter where he plays.

Reuben Foster May 20 6:03pm ET

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) is believed to have suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during the team's first organized team activity Monday, May 20.

Martrell Spaight May 20 5:13pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs LB Martrell Spaight was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Monday, May 20.

John Phillips May 20 4:53pm ET

Free-agent TE John Phillips (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, May 20, according to a source. DB Dontae Johnson was released to make room for him on the roster.

Jordan Leggett May 20 4:43pm ET

New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett was waived Monday, May 20.

Danny Shelton May 20 4:33pm ET

Free-agent DT Danny Shelton (Patriots) agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract to re-sign with the New England Patriots on Monday, May 20.

Carson Wentz May 20 4:33pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) is reportedly progressing well from his back injury and will not be limited for on-field drills during organized team activities beginning Tuesday, May 21. While the team will be cautious with him, he is expected to be involved in the majority of all work, according to sources.