Re-signing Julian Edelman has been a big priority for the New England Patriots since allowing him to test the market at the start of free agency. Unfortunately for them, he may soon be on his way out of town to join a team with a familiar face at quarterback. Edelman may soon join the Cleveland Browns organization.
The Browns are making a “very strong push” to snag him according to multiple sources, and they have a big need at the slot receiver position having recently released WR Davone Bess. Edelman would surely give the Browns an upgrade at the position as he is coming off a season in which he had 105 catches for 1056 yards and six touchdowns.
Edelman could also be a good fit in Cleveland because of his ties with starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Edelman played with Hoyer for the Patriots from 2009 to 2012. Hoyer himself has reportedly been lobbying for Edelman to join the team to replace Bess. If Edelman were to join, he would be a dynamic weapon in an offense that already has Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron as quality pass catchers.
Cleveland’s plentiful salary cap space is also greatly in their favor for a possible Edelman signing. As of right now, the Browns still have nearly $40 million of cap space despite signing S Donte Whitner and LB Karlos Dansby to contracts on day one of free agency. The Patriots only have $5.5 million in cap space to play with after adding Darrelle Revis, making it much more difficult for the team to bring Edelman back barring some cuts and/or restructuring of contracts.
One thing to note is that the Browns and Patriots are not the only teams involved in the Edelman sweepstakes. The Baltimore Ravens also remain interested in his services. However, the Browns have the most to offer monetarily, and given the fact that they already have a quality defense and some emerging offensive weaponry, they may be the most attractive team for Edelman on the open market.