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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.

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The Boston Herald reports the Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman have intensified contract negotiations Monday.

The two sides have been talking for the better part of a week now. WIth free agency less than 24 hours away, discussions have heated up. Both sides want to hammer out a deal, but Edelman wants to be compensated after being the Patriots' No. 1 receiver last season. Beat writer Jeff Howe expects the Browns, Ravens, and Texans to show interest in Edelman if he reaches the market.

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ESPN reports the Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman "discussed a new contract" on Thursday.

The Boston Globe reported late last month that the sides had yet to talk, so it's possible they're just now beginning negotiations. Edelman's rep can begin talking with other teams on Saturday. The open market is likely alluring for the former seventh rounder, but Edelman would be tempting fate if he moved on from a fit as perfect as New England. Of course, he may have no choice if the Pats make a low-ball offer.

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The Boston Globe reports the Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman have yet to engage in contract negotiations.

The Patriots are focused on Aqib Talib for the time being, and Edelman is on the back burner. Edelman finally stayed healthy and had a breakout 2013 season, posting 105 catches. Both OC Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady trust and love Edelman, so it'd be kind of surprising if he got away from New England. Beat writer Ben Volin expects the Ravens to express interest in Edelman if he hits the market, which at this point looks like a likely event.

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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests Houston as a possible landing spot for free agent Julian Edelman.

Despite Edelman's breakout 105-catch 2013 season, Reiss believes the Patriots will be unwilling to pay him Danny Amendola money (five years, $28.5 million). "The Patriots could absorb it but I think they would ultimately decide not to," writes Reiss. Ex-Patriots OC and WRs coach Bill O'Brien is now the Texans' head coach. With Houston, Edelman could round out an awfully nice three-receiver package alongside Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.