Will Edelman’s ACL tear end his time with the Patriots
Julian Edelman will be 32 by the time he returns from his torn ACL. Once you tear your ACL you are never the same again. It has been seen multiple times throughout the past. Players who rely on quickness to be a key part of their games. Jamal Charles compares well to this situation.
Charles went for over 1200 total yards the three seasons prior to the ACL tear and was entering the prime of his career. He was 29 when he tore it. Edelman is 31.
Charles had talented player behind him with Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Edelman has the best group of receivers in the NFL behind him. Especially Brandin Cooks who could just completely over take his role in the offense. Along with the emergence of Malcolm Mitchell, and the further emergence of Chris Hogan in his second year. By the time Edelman is 100%, it could be mid-September. By then all of these receivers will have another year of the offense under their belt. Edelman will be working his way back to normal, if he even reaches normal again.
We have come to learn in New England that time waits for nobody, besides Tom Brady. Wes Welker was done after the season where he turned 31. Welker was coming off two straight hundred catch seasons. Only had one season where he was under 100 catches. Bill let him walk as soon as he thought he was done.
Is the same on the way for Julian Edelman? Edelman just signed a new extension for two more seasons for around $11M. That is a very tradable contract, a bargain. If Edelman can be utilized in the right way like he has been here, he could be a top fifteen receiver in the NFL.
A team like San Fransisco could be interested. Edelman is from there, and he visited them when he was a free agent in 2014. Kyle Shanahan likes to air it out and pairing a potetnial new QB from the 2018 draft with a reliable receiver in the slot would be ideal in a rookie season.
Edelman could be on his way out, and if I had to guess, he won’t be on the opening night roster when the banner goes up next September.