Word broke on Thursday that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
On Friday, Edelman issued an apologetic statement on his Instagram page that did not delve into any details about what triggered the suspension.
Jones, 29, is due $10.5 million in base salary this season and $12.5 million in 2019 as part of a five-year, $71.3 million extension with $47 million guaranteed he signed in August 2015. His annual average of $14.3 million currently ranks eighth among NFL wideouts, trailing four players ( Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry and Davante Adams ) who have signed new extensions since late December.
So Wilcox, a 27-year-old safety, is now flying to New Jersey, ready to sign with the Jets.
This is the second consecutive offseason that Wilcox has had an odd switch from one team to another. Last year he signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Buccaneers in the offseason, but he was traded to the Steelers before the start of the regular season. The Steelers cut him in April.
Now Wilcox will sign with the Jets, and perhaps stay there longer than he lasted with the Buccaneers and Steelers — and certainly longer than he lasted with the 49ers.
But again, that doesn’t mean all this offseason drama couldn’t bite them down the line in the playoffs, when the margin for error shrinks. Or with how their young players develop over the next few years. Everything clearly hasn’t been fine with the Patriots over the last year, nor has everything been fixed since the season ended. One thing’s for sure: The next few months won’t be boring.
When Atlanta’s Matt Ryan signed his five-year, $150 million deal in May, the NFL crossed a significant divide in the way its quarterbacks are compensated compared to how everyone else is paid. The $30 million average-per-year barrier was crossed by a quarterback before any other position saw a player hit $20 million APY. That’s one reason why the Raiders and Rams find themselves in a sticky situation with the league’s last two Defensive Players of the Year.