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Six years ago, Brady told Edelman to 'trust' him; it was a smart move

Six years ago, Brady told Edelman to 'trust' him; it was a smart move

For a month in 2013, Julian Edelman was in football purgatory. Wes Welker was gone but the Patriots passed over Edelman as Welker’s replacement.

Instead, they poured their dough into Danny Amendola. Stung and bitter, Edelman took a free agent visit with the New York Giants, who, truth be told, were the only team kicking the tires on a guy who’d been a backup and special teamer for four injury-riddled seasons.

The offers were similar. One year. Less than $800,000. Edelman recalled sitting on his couch and, overwhelmed by the career crossroads he felt he was facing, melted into tears.

Advocating for him to suck it up and stay was Tom Brady.

In Edelman’s memoir, Relentless, he said the message Brady kept repeating was, “Just trust me, Jules. Trust me. Stay. I’ll make it work.”

It worked. In the six seasons since, Edelman’s gone from a guy making $765,000 in salary to a three-time Super Bowl champion with a Super Bowl MVP trophy and some of the most historic and memorable plays in postseason NFL history.  Edelman has even wedged himself into a spirited conversation as to whether he deserves Hall of Fame consideration.

(Note: He does, despite the bad faith arguments comparing his regular-season stats to Michael Crabtree and such. And that’s not hyperbole from his co-author.)

And now, on the eve of his 33rd birthday, Edelman is signed through the 2021 season. It’s a two-year, $18M extension with $12M guaranteed. Edelman was down to make $2M in salary this year, the last year of a contract extension signed in June 2017.

It doesn’t put him in the earnings bracket of, say, Sammy Watkins (the go-to for overpaid wideouts) who signed a three-year, $48M deal with the Chiefs last offseason. But the wringer Edelman’s been through since his impossible catch against the Falcons made him at times wonder whether he would even be playing in 2019.

When he blew his ACL in the 2017 preseason in Detroit, his reaction was, “It’s over. Who’s going to want a 32-year-old wide receiver coming off an ACL?”

He came back but not before he had to serve a four-game suspension after failing a PED test at the start of the 2018 season.

Yet those low points – one beyond his control, the other self-inflicted – showed the resilience that’s gotten him where he is now.

What’s the “news” here? Let’s be honest, the chances of Edelman washing out here and then grasping to stay in the league with somebody like the Ravens seemed remote. And he isn’t absolutely busting the vault.

To me, the news is that the Patriots are doing right by a guy who was underpaid relative to his contributions and importance. They didn’t HAVE to go to the table with Edelman. They did.

The other news aspect is whether this hints at the end date for both Edelman and Brady. Brady, of course, still awaits his extension as he too is entering the final year of his deal. Do the Patriots sign Brady through 2021 as well and then make the break as Brady is turning 45?

The rest of this story is all about perspective and how far Edelman has come in six years since he was crying on his couch wondering what exactly to do.

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Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady is currently the oldest quarterback in the NFL at age 42. But apparently, not everybody knows that.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a picture of a game day program on his Instagram story recently. And that roster had him listed at just 22 years old, as you can see via this tweet from ESPN.

That's quite a mistake to make, especially considering that Brady is one of the league's longest-tenured players. The mistake certainly must have elicited some laughs from those who noticed it. And evidently, Brady found it funny as well.

Of course, Brady was obviously happy with the results. After all, he has spent the last 10 years hearing about how old he is getting and how close to retirement he is. It must be nice to get a change of pace and be mistaken for being on the younger side.

While Brady isn't 22 anymore, he is still as spry and active as a young quarterback and evidently, he still plans on playing until he's 45. He is only under contract with the Patriots for one more year, despite the extension he inked with the team, but he has made it clear that he wants to continue playing in the NFL for the foreseeable future.

We'll soon see if that ends up being possible and how Brady fares during the 2019 NFL season.

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Patriots release WR Dontrelle Inman after Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Patriots release WR Dontrelle Inman after Josh Gordon's reinstatement

The New England Patriots are in the process of shuffling their receiving corps ahead of the 2019 NFL season. Last Friday, they got the news that Josh Gordon was being conditionally reinstated by the NFL. But his return also means that they will likely have one less spot open for a receiver option on the team's final 53-man roster.

While Gordon is starting his time with the team on the NFI list, he may not stay there long. As a result, the team needed to release a player to make room for Gordon, but one of their veteran receivers made the decision easy for them. 

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, veteran receiver Dontrelle Inman asked for his release from the Patriots and the team elected to grant it.

The Patriots confirmed the release shortly after the reports on Twitter.

This isn't too much of a surprise, as Inman was becoming a longshot of making the Patriots' final roster. Considering that Gordon, Julian Edelman, and N'Keal Harry were virtually roster locks and impressive undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers was trending in that direction as well, Inman would have had to fight with guys like Maurice Harris, Phillip Dorsett, and Braxton Berrios for one or two spots in the receiving corps. And evidently, Inman didn't like his chances of winning that battle.

Inman will now have a chance to try to latch onto another receiver-needy team before the season starts. Or, he can wait to sign with a team that suffers injuries at the position.

As for the Patriots, they should be fine without Inman. They still have plenty of depth at the position and replacing Inman on the roster with Gordon will upgrade both their 90-man and 53-man units overall.

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