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Julian Edelman, New England Patriots agree on deal

After checking the market, Julian Edelman is returning home.

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The New England Patriots and the wide receiver on Saturday agreed to terms on a new contract, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing a source informed of the situation.

The fifth-year veteran visited the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, but left with no deal.

The Patriots extended Edelman an offer prior to the start of free agency, but the 27-year-old receiver first wanted to test his value on the open market.

Edelman emerged as Tom Brady's most reliable weapon last season, posting 105 receptions for 1,056 yards.

The news must be music to Brady's ears. Last season, the quarterback had to watch his favorite target, Wes Welker, join Peyton Manning in Denver. Brady's likely was hoping he'd get to keep his toy this time around.

The Patriots have spent money this offseason on defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, but they still have more salary cap space available.

Despite the space, Edelman's deal raises questions about Danny Amendola's future with the team. There was a report earlier this offseason that said Amendola was floated in trade talks, and his spot on the roster is not secure.

New England hopes second-year receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins make the leap in 2014. However, Edelman will ensure Brady has his security blanket in case that plan falters.

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