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Patriots tweak Julian Edelman’s contract

After getting little interest on the free agent market, Edelman returned to New England on a one-year deal with a maximum value of $1.015 million.

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After getting little interest on the free agent market, Edelman returned to New England on a one-year deal with a maximum value of $1.015 million.

NFL records show that the Patriots and receiver Julian Edelman have agreed to restructure the contract Edelman signed a little more than six weeks ago.

After getting little interest on the free agent market, Edelman returned to New England on a one-year deal with a maximum value of $1.015 million. His base salary is $715,000, though there is a split-salary clause in the deal: Since Edelman has an injury history, if he is placed on injured reserve in 2013, he would receive a salary of $383,000.

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The contract also includes $250,000 in bonuses tied to receptions, and a $50,000 workout bonus.

According to multiple reports, the adjustment agreed to Thursday converts $40,000 of that $50,000 workout bonus to a Week 1 roster bonus, meaning he will get the money if he is on the 53-man roster when the regular season opens.

The move is minor, and saves the Patriots a relatively small amount of money. It reflects the fact that Edelman reinjured his right foot and has been limited in the offseason workout program and unable to participate in OTAs to this point.

It is possible Edelman will be ready to go in time for mandatory minicamp, which begins June 11.

If he is healthy, makes it through camp, and earns a roster spot, Edelman will get the $40,000.

Heading into his fifth season, Edelman has missed 16 of 64 regular-season games to injury. He played in just nine games last season, missing some time to a hand injury suffered in Week 3 in Baltimore, and was placed on injured reserve Dec. 4 after breaking his foot against the Dolphins two days earlier.

Fourth-rounder signs

Receiver Josh Boyce signed his contract with the Patriots Friday. Boyce, out of Texas Christian, was taken in the fourth round, the 102d overall pick.

Like all draft picks, Boyce receives a four-year contract; under the slotting system, his deal is worth a total of $2.64 million, including a $477,000 signing bonus.

Listed at 5 feet 11 inches, 206 pounds, Boyce had 66 catches for 891 yards and seven touchdowns for TCU last fall.

He is the fifth of New England’s seven draft picks to sign; only second-round pick Aaron Dobson and seventh-round pick Michael Buchanan remain unsigned. Under the collective bargaining agreement signed two years ago, the contract numbers for every draft spot are predetermined, so prolonged negotiations are essentially a thing of the past.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.
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