We are less than 30 minutes away from the official start of 2014 NFL free agency, and the large pool of available wide receivers is getting a late addition. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Julian Edelman and the Patriots were "unable to reach a deal today and he will test the market."
The Patriots have reportedly been deep in talks with Edelman and recently offered him a three-year deal. Edelman became Tom Brady's top target in 2013 as he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.
A lot is made about how the Patriots' offense seems to keep chugging along with interchangeable parts, and it has been worthy praise for a long time. Edelman basically became Wes Welker last season. But when young receivers such as Aaron Dobson or Kenbrell Thompkins didn't progress as quickly as needed and without the injured Rob Gronkowski , this offense struggled at times last season. At some point, you can't just rely on the next man stepping up. The Patriots want to keep Edelman; they need to keep Edelman. Of course, it makes the most financial sense for the player to see what another team will pay him, but I think a reunion would be best for Edelman's fantasy value.