WR Julian Edelman set to sign extension with Patriots

According to the NFL Network, Julian Edelman is close to signing a two-year contract extension that would keep with the Patriots through 2021. Edelman's contract had been set to expire after the upcoming season. The NFL is a business, and players come and go all the time, especially in New England, but it's nearly impossible to envision Edelman playing on another team.

Edelman's 33rd birthday is Wednesday. A converted college quarterback, he quickly established himself as a weapon on punt return and later a polished slot receiver.

The following season, Edelman caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks with 2:02 remaining.

The extension will run for two years, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's added 115 postseason receptions for 1,412 yards with five touchdowns. He was one of the only offensive bright spots for either team in Super Bowl LIII.

After sitting out the 2017 season with a torn ACL, Edelman missed the first four games of the 2018 regular season due to a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Edelman, who has served as Tom Brady's security blanket for years, caught 10 passes for 141 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in February to help New England capture its sixth Super Bowl championship.

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