Free agent WR/KR Julian Edelman visited the Giants yesterday and apparently left without a deal. It may not be the last the Giants see of him, however.
WR Julian Edelman's two-day visit w/#NYG went well, I'm told, but no deal yet. There could be one, eventually, but he's pondering options.—
Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) April 05, 2013
From Rotoworld: It was Edelman’s first visit of free agency, and he may have plans to give other teams a look. We certainly wouldn’t rule out the soon-to-be 27-year-old re-signing with the Patriots. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss wondered in his weekly chat if a one-year, $2 million deal could get Edelman back in New England.
From Reiss: So if Edelman is ultimately deciding between the Giants and Patriots, it would likely come down to which team he feels offers the best opportunity as an outside receiver within its scheme. The Patriots probably have the slight edge if that’s the case, as they often played Edelman outside in 2012, although one shouldn’t discount a potential strong Giants sales pitch.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Let’s keep in mind the Giants have been signing free agents to one-year deals at the minimum. In Edelman’s case that would be $715k. He believes he’s worth more, but the market for second-level talents such as Edelman this winter has not been kind.
The Patriots would probably like to have Edelman back in his former roles as a fourth WR and primary returner, but don’t forget, the Pats recently signed Pro Bowl KR Leon Washington so that’s not a certainty.
Like every free agent this offseason, Edelman will have to decide quickly where he wants to play this fall because after the draft, the decision may be made for him. The Giants should probably offer him the minimum and some incentives or bonus money to sway him south from Foxborough, but based on their recent track record, I wouldn’t count on it.
If they can’t lure Edelman in, the PR job will be wide open. Rueben Randle handled the duties last year, but he was basically asked not to fumble. His 7.2 average over 15 attempts is nothing to write home about. The team would like to try their luck again with Jayron Hosley and/or Jerrel Jerningan or perhaps even Aaron Ross, who will not be a starter on defense this time around.