Edelman talks new deal: New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman had a breakout 2013, far surpassing his career highs in receptions (105), yards (1,056) and touchdowns (6). It also happened to coincide with Edelman becoming a free agent, which means he’ll likely be in the position of fielding some quality offers. That seems to have made him uncertain whether he’ll be back in New England next season. Edelman became the Wes Welker replacement that many expected Danny Amendola to be. It will be interesting to see if the Patriots let Edelman walk away one season after letting Welker leave — especially with rumors swirling that Amendola could be a cap casualty. It could also force a decision between Edelman and the injury-prone Amendola — who was a disappointment in 2013. Depending on where Edelman lands, he has value as a WR3 in most formats. Amendola likely rates the same.
Welker not expecting to retire: Speaking of Wes Welker, the Broncos receiver says he doesn’t have any plans to retire after the Super Bowl. Welker’s first season in Denver was nothing to complain about. While his reception and yardage totals declined, he produced his first 10-touchdown season. As long as he remains in Peyton Manning’s merry band of pass-catchers and stays healthy, he’ll have plenty of fantasy value — even if there are plenty of mouths to feed in the Broncos offense.
Vick says he’ll be a Week 1 starter: Ousted from his job as the starting quarterback in Philadelphia, Michael Vick told Around the League that he’ll be starting under center for an NFL team in Week 1 of the 2014 season. In theory, his options will be limited. The Jets and the Raiders could be two such places where he can contend for a starting job, although a lack of pass-catchers in New York could hinder his value there. If Vick is indeed able to land a starting job, it’s hard to imagine him being anything more than a fantasy reserve at the position at this point in his career, regardless of where he might land.
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