Arbella Early Edition has Albert Breer, Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay in studio to discuss Julian Edelman's chances of re-signing with the Patriots.
Edelman may have hurt his chances by defending former teammate Wes Welker for his hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship.
"I don’t know if it was dirty or not," said Edelman. "It’s football. Would I go out there and do the same thing if I was told to do it? Probably. You’re trying to win a game and you can’t get mad at a guy for trying to do something like that."
Bill Belichick already condemned the hit, and it usually doesn't end well when a player contradicts Hoodie Bill. But Breer doesn't think Edelman will be back in New England anyway, regardless of his comments.
"I think [the Patriots are] going to have a hard time holding on to Edelman," said Breer. "I really do. I don’t think economically they’re going to want to pay Danny Amendola almost as much money not to be on the team as they would be to have him on the team. They’ve got Josh Boyce who’s a slot guy. Do you really need that extra guy at that position?"
Edelman's career year (105 catches, 1,056 yards and 6 TDs) means he likely stands to receive a hefty payday - perhaps the best chance of his career to cash in a big payday.
Minihane says those numbers mean Edelman will likely demand at least the same deal (5-years, $31 million) that Danny Amendola got when he came to New England in the offseason.
That might be a little rich for a Patriots team that is looking to re-stock its offensive weapons so Tom Brady has more to work with in 2014.