New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots making 'strong push' to keep Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots top two impending free agents are Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman, and there have been many heated debates regarding which one is more important for the team to re-sign. Edelman had the better 2013 season, but Talib is viewed as the more important player as the team’s No. 1 corner. He also has more raw talent and plays a more difficult position, and that overcomes the fact that Edelman is the more reliable player.

But I’m sure the Patriots would love to re-sign both and find enough cap space to accomplish that. Although Edelman and the Patriots didn’t have any reported contract discussions until a few days ago, it looks like talks are heating up big-time ahead of the official start of free agency on the 11th.

Per a “team source” close to CSNNE’s Mike Giardi, there is a “strong push” within the Patriots front office to re-sign Edelman, and Giardi adds that the Patriots coaches unsurprisingly “love his work ethic”.

Edelman hauled in 105 passes for over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns in a breakout season, and the 27-year-old is the most reliable wide receiver on the free agent market. Teams in need of a slot receiver who can star on punt returns and has enough long speed to stretch the field deep will likely go hard after him, and there’s a lot to love about Edelman. It would be a disappointment to see him walk away from the Patriots, because he fits the team and organization perfectly. Danny Amendola was a lot better than most people think, but the Patriots would have a pretty big hole at WR if their most productive wideout weren’t re-signed.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    “the fact that Edelman is the more reliable player.”

    Edelman had a good year but he has a track record of injuries also.

    “the Patriots would have a pretty big hole at WR if their most productive wideout weren’t re-signed.”

    Boy…does that sound familiar.

    I have a feeling that the slot position might not be the most important part of the Pats offense in 2014. I expect the Pats to feature a two top TE set with Gronk & FA/DRAFT and wideouts with Vereen being the outlet receiver. The slot receiver might have less value this year. I would rather the Pats resign Talib to keep the backfield intact. Brady will find targets to move the ball and score but he will not win another SB without a shutdown corner along with a stout defense.

    • Joe Soriano

      I think the slot receiver could have less value, but Edelman can play in the slot and on the outside. Plus, it’s always hard to replace his production. He definitely has a track record of injuries, but I meant reliable as far as consistency goes. When Edelman’s on the field, you generally know that he’s going have a solid gaming (not spectacular, but solid), whereas Talib is hit-or-miss.

      Talib is more important for the Patriots to re-sign, especially since they probably won’t have as good of a shot at signing the other CBs on the market.

      • Joey

        There’s better corners than Talib out there that the pats could draft and keep Edelman.