The Patriots are continuing their spree of deals with draft picks. According to a league source, the team and seventh-round pick Julian Edelman have come to terms on a deal.
Update (7:37 p.m.): Edelman has signed a four-year deal with a $48,700 signing bonus.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Edelman is one of the team’s more intriguing draft picks.
Taken with the first of the team’s two seventh-round picks (No. 232 overall), he was a dangerous dual threat quarterback the last three seasons at Kent State. But the Patriots are converting Edelman to wide receiver, where he showed encouraging progress between rookie mini-camp and the team’s mandatory mini-camp.
Edelman, who led Kent State in rushing last season with 1,551 yards and 13 TDs in 215 attempts and also completed 153 of 275 passes for 1,820 yards and 13 touchdowns, could be a valuable and versatile player for the Patriots, as during the off-season he was also used on kickoff returns and took snaps at quarterback.
At this point it’s probably easier to recount which of the Patriots NFL-high-tying 12 draft picks — Dallas also has 12 — have not reached an agreement yet.
Those without a deal are the team’s first overall selection, safety Patrick Chung, taken with the second-round pick (No. 34 overall) the Patriots got in exchange for sending Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to Kansas City; fellow second-rounder nose tackle Ron Brace of Boston College; linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, the second of the team’s two third-rounders; offensive lineman George Bussey (fifth-round) and long-snapper Jake Ingram, a sixth-rounder.
It should be noted that there is no rush to do a deal for McKenzie because he suffered a season-ending right knee injury during rookie mini-camp in May.