With Santana Moss slated to be a free agent the Redskins will be looking for a player to be their slot receiver. It just so happens that one of the most productive slot receivers of 2013 is hitting the free agent market.
And, yes, Julian Edelman would be willing to leave the Patriots and Tom Brady.
During a radio appearance in Boston this week, Edelman said that he has yet to sit down with his agent to formulate a free agency strategy. But he seems to have given it some thought himself.
“Playing for New England is a dream, but like you said, there’s a short window in this sport,” he told 98.5 The Sports Hub via MassLive.com. “I don’t know yet. There’s a lot of things that can happen going forward that could sway that one way or another. Hopefully it all works out in favor for both.”
Edelman was a free agent last year and in the wake of an injury plagued season he signed a one-year deal for $715,000. After his 105-catch season during which he gained 1,056 yards receiving and six touchdowns, he’ll be looking for considerably more. At 27 he’s still relatively young but he knows he won’t play forever. It sounds like he wouldn’t go elsewhere if the money is close but if he gets an offer he can’t refuse from elsewhere, well, he won’t refuse it.
He also sent out a warning that he won’t necessarily settle for slot receiver money, which is generally lower than the wideouts get. Edelman pointed out his versatility.
“I played 51 percent of the snaps outside, though,” Edelman said. “But you can go ahead and call me a slot as well.”
Oh, he also can return punts. The Redskins certainly could use the versatility. They could also use a steady target for Robert Griffin III. Although at 5-10 he doesn’t possess the ideal height that Jay Gruden might want in a wide receiver, the production is hard to ignore.