Pats restructure Julian Edelman’s contract adding roster bonus
The Patriots and Edelman agreed to renegotiate his contract this week, according to the league transaction records released on Thursday. While the base salary ($715,000 for 2013) and maximum potential value ($1.015 million) of the one-year deal remains unchanged, the Patriots tweaked other terms included in the contract.
One of those restructuring moves included shifting $40,000 of a $50,000 workout bonus to a roster bonus that Edelman will receive on making the 53-man roster for Week 1 of the 2013 regular season. Additionally, there were some slight alterations made to the incentives available in Edelman’s deal, tied to the amount of receptions he is able to make next season.
Edelman recently re-injured his right foot after initially breaking it in Week 13 and ending the 2012 season on the injured reserve. The 24-year-old Edelman has mostly kept of field during the teams’ OTAs practices and is likely to miss a majority of the team’s offseason workout program due to the foot injury, hence resulting in the cancellation of the workout bonus. Shifting the money to a roster bonus allows Edelman to earn back some of that money despite the foot injury, only if he doesn’t wind up getting cut by the Patriots as they reduce their numbers to 53 players for the regular season.
Edelman’s contract doesn’t include guaranteed money, which might indicate some concern the Patriots have over his ability to stay on the field next season. In his four seasons with New England, Edelman hasn’t played a full 16-game season and missed 16-of-64 regular season contests.
But after losing Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and heading towards a new-looking receiving corps this offseason, the Patriots could use an experienced regular contributor on the unit, after re-signing him earlier in April. The move goes to show that the New England Patriots would have expected a healthy Edelman to fully participate in workouts this offseason and earn a roster spot following training camp to lead a productive season.
If healthy, Edelman could easily best his own career-high of three touchdowns and 21 catches for 235 yards last season.