Wide receiver Edelman agrees to new deal with Patriots

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) announced Saturday that he has re-signed with the team.
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) announced Saturday that he has re-signed with the team.
Posted March 15, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
Last modified March 16, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman is re-signing with the New England Patriots.

Edelman announced via Twitter on Saturday that he has a deal to return to the team after testing free agency the second straight year.

“Foxboro is home. Excited to be back,” he wrote.

Edelman was the Patriots’ top receiver in 2013 with 105 receptions for 1,056 yards with six touchdowns.

Last year, Edelman re-signed with the Patriots a one-year deal that was packed with incentives that earned him more than $1 million.

Edelman averaged 10.7 yards on 35 punt returns last year.

The Patriots drafted Edelman in the seventh round in 2009. For his career, he has 174 catches for 1,770 yards with 10 touchdowns. He is also averaging 12.3 yards on 107 punt returns.

Patriots notes

— Long snapper Danny Aiken, a potential restricted free agent, re-signed with New England prior to the start of free agency. The three year veteran received a one-year deal worth a total of $725,000. It included a $55,000 signing bonus and $25,000 workout bonus to go with a salary of $645,000. Aiken has handled New England’s long snapping duties

— Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui reportedly reached a two-year deal to return to the Patriots March 10, a day before the backup was set to hit free agency. Hoomanawanui started 10 of the 13 games he played last season for the Patriots depleted tight end spot, catching 12 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. He’s shown versatility to block and run routes in his year-plus in New England, but remains a limited option in the passing game and best suited as a third tight end.

— Wide receiver Aaron Dobson reportedly underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot March 10. The rookie had missed time on two different occasions during the season to the issue. Initially a plan of rest was put in place this offseason, but when that didn’t lead to proper healing surgery became necessary. Recovery from the procedure is expected to take two to three months. That would inhibit Dobson’s participation in the New England offseason program, but should have the 2013 second-round pick healthy in time for training camp.

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