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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.

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Speaking in a radio interview Thursday, impending free agent Julian Edelman said he was unsure if he would be back with New England next season.

Edelman said playing in New England "was a dream," but added there were several factors that could "sway" his decision. Edelman is coming off a breakout 105-1056-6 season in which he stayed healthy for the first time in his career. With Aqib Talib and LaGarrette Blount also impending free agents coming off breakout years, the Patriots will have to let someone walk.

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ESPN Boston doesn't consider Julian Edelman a candidate for the Patriots franchise tag.

Neither do we. Edelman isn't the lethal outside receiver that commands a fully-guaranteed one-year, $11 million contract. Beat writer Mike Reiss expects Edelman to land a deal similar to what the Patriots gave Danny Amendola last offseason -- five years and $28.5 million with $10 million guaranteed. Reiss also mentions the Browns and Texans as teams that could target Edelman in free agency. New Texans coach Bill O'Brien called plays in New England from 2009-2011. Edelman is our No. 4 free-agent wide receiver.

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Tom Brady is already stumping for the Patriots to re-sign free agent Julian Edelman.

Edelman, 27, set career highs in catches (105), yards (1,056), and touchdowns (6) this season, emerging as New England's best receiver both inside and out. "He had an incredible season," said Brady. "... I mean, he was one guy that was so consistent and dependable for us." Edelman is Rotoworld's No. 4 free agent receiver, behind Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, and Hakeem Nicks.

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Julian Edelman caught six passes for 84 yards in New England's Divisional Round win over the Colts.

Locked in as Tom Brady's top target, Edelman drew a team-leading nine looks. Getting open almost at will over the past two months, Edelman enters the AFC Championship Game with 59 catches for 640 yards and four touchdowns over his past seven games. He'll be a tough cover for either the Broncos or Chargers.