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Patriots offered Julian Edelman 3-year deal

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 11, 2014 11:05 AM

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Wide receiver Julian Edelman was reportedly offered a 3-year contract by the Patriots. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

Julian Edelman is most certainly still in the Patriots' plans going forward. The team offered the sixth-year wide receiver a 3-year deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The kicker, of course, is that they want him to accept before the free agency period opens today at 4 p.m. The team has reportedly been negotiating with Edelman for a couple of weeks now. For news of a proposed deal to come five hours before free agency opens leads us to believe that the Patriots are trying to put pressure on Edelman.

It's up to him whether or not he'll be back, at least on these terms, at this point.

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