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    Julian Edelman reaches deal with Patriots

    Julian Edelman
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    Julian Edelman

    Julian Edelman is coming back to the Patriots.

    The team agreed to a deal with the receiver on Saturday, according to sources. Edelman sent a tweet from his account: “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back. #grind.”

    The move comes after Edelman hit the open market as a free agent. The Patriots had extensive talks with his agent before the start of free agency, but only came to an agreement after he went out and tested the open market.


    Edelman will return to the team where he was the favorite weapon last season for Tom Brady. Edelman caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns. All were career highs by far for the 2009 seventh-round pick who moved up the depth chart after the departures of Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez and the injuries to Rob Gronkowski.

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    Edelman was entering free agency for the second straight year, but this time with more interest in his services. Last year he visited the Giants but ended up re-signing in New England on a one-year deal worth $765,000.

    Now he’ll return to New England as a key cog in the Patriots’ offense.

    Ben Volin contributed to this report.