With Edelman entering the final year of his contract, that made a whole bunch of sense. In fact, while his 98 receptions became the second-highest single-season total of his National Football League career, he managed to set a new single-season career-best mark with his more than 1,100 yards receiving. Ultimately, Edelman can make up to $15 million in the two years and is now signed through 2019. The Patriots also signed veteran receiver Andrew Hawkins in free agency, and added another playmaking tight end, Dwayne Allen, through a trade. The contract extension likely will be signed in the next day or two, according to the report. At age 30, he hauled in 98 receptions for a career-high 1,106 yards, providing Tom Brady with a reliable presence who could work near the sideline and in the slot.More news: I misjudged you: Piers Morgan apologizes to Ariana Grande
The Patriots star wide receiver will earn roughly $15.5 million over the course of the next three seasons, and has the chance to earn an additional $19.5 million if he hits all his incentives. Edelman was slated to become a free agent after the 2017 season. It's also worth mentioning it is quite conceivable with this extension, it ensures Edelman will spend his entire National Football League career with the Patriots, a nice and rare feat.
As has been the case with many recent Patriots deals, it appears to be a win-win for both sides.