By extending Julian Edelman for two more years beyond this one, the Patriots have rewarded one of their most vital offensive cogs with a well-deserved bump before reaching the end of his contract.
The numbers are in, courtesy of Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, and are as follows . . .
Edelman will receive a $5 million signing bonus as part of the deal. His 2017 contract terms remain the same as they were before the extension was inked: $3 million base salary with a $750,000 roster bonus, a $250,000 workout bonus, and another $500,000 available in incentives.
In 2018, Edelman's $2 million base salary is fully guaranteed. He'll a $500,000 workout bonus, a $500,000 roster bonus, and $500,000 available in incentives.
In 2019, his $2 million base salary is guaranteed for injury. Again he'll have a $500,000 workout bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus, plus $3.5 million in other incentives.
Edelman, 31, should make $9 million in 2017 -- there's that bump -- and he'll have an opportunity to make a max of $19.5 million over three years.
For a player of Edelman's importance, a two-year, $11 million extension is good value for the Patriots. For Edelman, it allows him to remain with the team that drafted him in the seventh round in 2009, and it gives him a shot to build on a legacy through 2019 as one of the team's best in a long list big-game performers.
Also signed through 2019? Edelman's pals Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.