A league source told PatriotsInsider.com that WR Julian Edelman has indeed reached a deal with the Patriots as of Thursday. The source confirmed that Edelman will receive a four-year deal with a signing bonus of $48,700. The deal could be announced as soon as Friday, but that's at the discretion of the team.
Edelman was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round (232nd overall). He played quarterback at Kent State, but switched to wide receiver in New England.
The news was first reported by the Boston Globe.
Tate Deal Done
According to a report in the Boston Globe, WR Brandon Tate has reached a deal with the New England Patriots. Tate was selected by the Patriots in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. The North Carolina product signed a four-year deal with a $755,000 signing bonus.
Tate is coming off his final season at UNC where he suffered torn ligaments in his knee. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver garnered much praise both as a recover and a return specialist heading into his final season in college. Unfortunately the injury cut short his collegiate career.
Tate reportedly tested positive for drugs at the NFL Combine this spring. Coupled with his injury woes, the talented prospect slipped in the Draft.
Tate attended the team's minicamps but did not participate fully as he continues to rehab his injury.
New England is close to having all of their picks signed. The remaingin picks yet to reach deals are:
S Patrick Chung
DL Ron Brace
LB Tyrone McKenzie
OL George Bussey
LS Jake Ingram
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