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The Boston Globe's Eric Frenz said Julian Edelman "is the clearcut top receiver on the field" at Patriots' OTAs.

Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski are not participating in these practices, but even so Edelman is showing no signs of slowing down after signing a four-year deal this March. That does not mean he will repeat his 2013 fantasy performance this season, though. Edelman will remain one of Brady's favorite targets, but a healthy Danny Amendola, Gronkowski and Dobson almost assure Edelman will not see the 151 targets he saw last year. Edelman is still a solid WR3 option with WR2 upside in PPR formats.

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Julian Edelman's new deal with the Patriots has a base value of $17 million over four years.

It's a much better deal for the Pats than their five-year, $28.5 million commitment to Danny Amendola appears through one season. Amendola got $10 million guaranteed. Edelman has $8 million guaranteed, and the four-year pact has a max value of $19 million that can be reached through incentives. Amendola is locked into a roster spot for 2014, but the Patriots could save $2.1 million in salary cap space by releasing him next offseason. The Edelman deal magnifies that 2015 is a make-or-break year for Amendola in New England.

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Patriots re-signed WR Julian Edelman.

Sanity wins out for both sides, though only after Edelman didn't hear the price he wanted on the open market. A slot dynamo coming off a career year where he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns, Edelman means more to the Patriots than he possibly could to any other team. That being said, Edelman's market likely would have been hotter if not for his injury history. Edelman was a secret weapon in 2013, but had just 69 previous career catches. With Danny Amendola returning and Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins another year older, Edelman could be hard pressed to match last season's numbers. He'll be a WR3 in standard leagues and WR2 in PPR.

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The Patriots and Julian Edelman are working on a new deal.

With several of the wide receiver needy teams now off the market, Edelman may be best served returning to New England. The 49ers are still out there, however, and could make a serious run at the slot-man. Edelman posted 105-1056-6 line last season.

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The Sacramento Bee reports the Patriots are "trying hard" to re-sign free agent Julian Edelman, and that the Browns remain interested.

The slot man is currently visiting the 49ers. We'd imagine the Browns' "interest" will disappear once the Bengals officially decline to match Andrew Hawkins' offer sheet. Per reporter Matt Barrows, Edelman's decision is expected to come down to money. That's understandable considering how little of it, relatively speaking, Edelman has made to this point in his career.

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Free agent Julian Edelman will visit the 49ers on Friday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 49ers are also interested in Hakeem Nicks. The Niners have slow-played the market, but are one of the more receiver-needy teams in the league. Edelman would represent a true slot threat that hasn't really been present during the Jim Harbaugh era. Provided the money is right, it would be a good signing for a team in the toughest division in football.

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According to CSN New England, the Browns are making a "strong push" for free agent Julian Edelman.

The Bengals are expected to match the Browns' offer sheet to Andrew Hawkins, so Cleveland remains on the hunt for a slot receiver. They won't find a better one available than Edelman, who is coming off a 105-catch season and is also a major asset in the punt return game. Brian Hoyer's old friend would be a fine underneath complement to explosive Josh Gordon.

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The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are interested in free agent Julian Edelman, but that "nothing has heated up yet."

The Ravens have already been linked to Steve Smith, and are apparently going to do their due diligence on every available wideout. Edelman would be a major upgrade on what the Ravens had in the slot last season, but it's anyone's guess as to how effective he'd be outside of the Patriots' system. He also has a lengthy injury history. We doubt GM Ozzie Newsome would overpay.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots were unable to reach a deal with free agent Julian Edelman on Tuesday, and that he'll reach the open market.

NFL Network reported earlier Tuesday that the Pats made Edelman a three-year offer, but it apparently wasn't to his liking. Despite Edelman's importance in 2013, he was never a player the Patriots were going to overpay. He's a 5-foot-10, 198-pound slot receiver with an injury history. It's still possible Edelman ends up back in New England. He's a better fit for the Patriots than anyone else.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have made free agent Julian Edelman a three-year contract offer.

They "want an answer by the start of free agency." At this point, it would make sense for Edelman to see what's out there; we're guessing the Pats aren't willing to break the bank. We do envision him ultimately staying in Foxboro.