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Patriots allow Julian Edelman to test free agency before re-signing the receiver

Anwar S. Richardson
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The New England Patriots perfectly played their negotiations with receiver Julian Edelman this offseason.

New England offered Edelman a contract before free agency, but he wanted to test the market. The Patriots did not overreact. They watched Edelman hit free agency, and he visited San Francisco on Friday. When the smoke cleared, Edelman decided to remain in New England.

Edelman agreed to terms on a new contract on Saturday. Terms of Edelman’s deal are currently unknown.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has to be happier than Edelman to hear the news.

Edelman, a seventh-round pick by New England in 2009, emerged at Brady’s top weapon as Rob Gronkowski battled injuries last season. He had 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last season.

New England receiver Danny Amendola should be very concerned about Edelman’s signing. Amendola struggled to stay healthy last season, and there were rumors New England wanted to trade him recently. New England is optimistic Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins will improve in 2014, and with Edelman under contract, Amendola’s future in New England appears unlikely.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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