New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has made minor tweaks to a contract he signed just over a month ago. According to the NFL’s release of transactions around the league last week, Edelman and the Patriots agreed to a restructured contract that shifts $40,000 of his $50,000 workout bonus into a roster bonus. As the name implies, Edelman will receive the roster bonus if he makes the roster for the first week of the season.
Edelman is still recovering from a foot injury that ended his 2012 season. Prior to the injury, Edelman had been playing extremely well. Since he has not been able to fully participate in the team’s offseason workouts due to the injury, reconfiguring the parameters of the bonus allows him to still earn some of that money if he makes the fifty-three man roster.
The move to restructure his contract is a solid money deal for Edelman, and makes sense for the Patriots as well, as they have faith that Edelman would have participated in offseason workouts if he was not injured. There were also slight tweaks to incentive money based on how many receptions Edelman will come up with next season, but the exact terms of that line item have not been disclosed.Regardless of the incentives and bonus realignments, the maximum potential value of Edelman’s contract remains steady at slightly over one million dollars.
If he recovers properly and stays healthy, Edelman has the opportunity to make a huge impact for the Patriots on offense and special teams this season.