Patriots

Bedard: Patriots should do right thing and give Julian Edelman a pay bump

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

It's the offseason, so there is a lot of discussion about what the Patriots should do about (fill-in-the-blanks) contract.

Tom Brady needs an extension.

Are they going to make Rob Gronkowski take a pay cut if he returns?

Are Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower, Dwayne Allen and Adrian Clayborn worth their hefty cap numbers?

Who's getting paid, Trey Flowers or Trent Brown? Both?

Nobody ever mentions Julian Edelman, the reigning Super Bowl MVP. You know, the guy who basically carried the postseason passing offense this year, just like he did on the way to titles in '14 and '16 (Edelman receptions in those postseasons: 73 in nine games. Every other receiver combined: 76)...

See the correlation?

I get it -- we've all become accustomed to the Patriots never paying slot receivers because, apparently, they grow on trees (Wes Welker can attest to that). The team certainly has a right to feel the way it does when they've had an unbroken run of Troy Brown, Welker, Edelman, Danny Amendola and then back to Edelman.

But, like Welker in his final Patriots days, something doesn't feel right about Edelman's contract.