Thursday, January 30, 2014

Edelman on being a Super Bowl spectator: 'It sucks'


The New England Patriots were one game away from another Super Bowl trip this season, and wide receiver Julian Edelman was a large reason they made it as far as they did.

Despite achieving personal bests in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, Edelman doesn't think close is close enough.

"It sucks. It flat-out sucks," he said Thursday on the SVP and Russillo Show. "Your goal is to play in the last game of the year and win it. We didn’t and we were really close. We overcame some stuff and you felt that momentum, like it was going to happen and it’s ‘We can do this.’ It just didn’t happen."

Edelman's performance was one of the things that didn't suck for the Pats in the AFC Championship, as the 27-year-old once again proved he was quarterback Tom Brady's most reliable target, pulling in 10 catches for 89 yards.

That reliability and chemistry is what Edelman's hoping can garner him a lucrative multi-year contract, which, if he can continue to stay healthy, he certainly deserves. 

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston recently said he believes the fifth-year wideout will be offered money similar to fellow teammate and receiver Danny Amendola, who signed a five-year, $28.5 million deal at the start of last season.

Reiss also threw out a couple of teams -- namely the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns -- who may make a run at outbidding New England for Edelman's services, if they decide to make him an offer.

But before all that begins to unfold, Edelman said Thursday he'll be watching whether Seattle's explosive defense  can accomplish what his team's couldn't -- disrupt Peyton Manning.

"I want to see if that defense can hold that offense down," he said. "I want to see if Seattle is going to get Peyton [Manning] off the spot, if they’re going to press the receivers and try to get the timing of the game a little different.

". . . I would say Seattle [will win], if that defense can play a physical game."

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