The latest reports out of Foxborough on the day the 2014 NFL free agency period begins indicate the New England Patriots failed to reach a deal with receiver Julian Edelman, who will now test the free agent market. Put simply, the Patriots are foolish to think they can survive the upcoming season without Edelman, who was fourth in the league with 105 receptions last year.
Sure, the Patriots continue to lose players and still contend for Super Bowls, but their luck will run out eventually. Danny Amendola wasn’t anywhere close to being a replacement for Wes Welker and their rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson were very inconsistent, aside from a few good plays. Add in the fact Rob Gronkowski missed a ton of time due to injury yet again and it’s hard to understand how the Patriots made it to the AFC Championship Game, especially without Aaron Hernandez as Tom Brady’s security blanket.
Now it’s safe to say Edelman isn’t going to be a No. 1 receiver anywhere else, but he would be a terrific complement target for a team with an established possession receiver and the Patriots are nuts if they think those teams aren’t already dialing Edelman’s agent. New England doesn’t need to break the bank to keep Edelman, but just letting him walk with Amendola and Gronkowski as the primary pass-catchers on the roster would be asinine.