Curran: Edelman facing another daunting challenge in a career full of them

Curran: Edelman facing another daunting challenge in a career full of them

The way Julian Edelman’s 2016 season ended – with a Super Bowl victory and a catch for the ages that helped secure it – belied the real struggle the wide receiver had in getting ready for 2016.

There were times of crisis in the spring and summer of 2016 when the foot he broke halfway through the 2015 season - and needed two surgeries to repair - left him at wit’s end. He had a sense of his football mortality at that time and, as he told me this summer for his memoir “Relentless,” which is due out in October, Edelman went to great lengths to get some mental peace.


Now, with a torn ACL, a lost season and months of rehab ahead of him, Edelman finds himself back in a spot where he’ll have to summon even more resolve to get back to being what he’s been since 2013: the Patriots most reliable and potent offensive weapon.

It’s got to be daunting for Edelman but he at least has the security provided by the two-year, $11 million extension he signed over the summer. That deal, which expires after the 2019 season, includes $7M guaranteed.

That doesn’t mean Edelman’s future with the team is necessarily secure. He will be 32 entering the 2018 season and his rehab will take months once surgery is performed. It’s far too early to set timetables, but given the commitment to training and conditioning Edelman’s shown in the past – he’s broken both feet and had a total of four surgeries on them but has still been one of the NFL’s most productive receivers in the past four seasons – it’s not unrealistic to foresee him being able to begin 2018.

Edelman’s overcome quite a bit to get where he’s gotten. He’s stared over the ledge a few times. A converted college quarterback (you may have heard), he was a bit player for the team until 2013 when he exploded for 105 catches and 1,056 yards. And he did that while playing on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.

He’s used to being counted out. One of the titles he proposed for his book was: “Bet Against Me.” Since he was growing up in Redwood City, California, where he was a 4-foot-11, 95-pound freshman running back at Woodside High, Edelman’s heard doubts. He told me over and over again this summer that doubts are his “fuel.”

There will be doubts now. In the coming weeks, Edelman may feel them creep in as well. It would be natural. But his personal history indicates the doubts won’t last. He’s been counted out before and proven plenty of people wrong.

David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.