“Now the thought is that Edelman should be on the field for Week 17 for the Patriots, assuming there is anything to play for, which is big because 1) rehab is going well; but 2) it will get him acclimated to be really ready to go when the postseason starts,” Rapoport said.
Edelman has missed the past four games with a broken bone in his foot. Even if the Patriots take things slow with his return in Week 17, the good news is that he should be ready to go for their playoff matchup.
Edelman, 29, is in the second year of his four-year, $17 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $2.25 million (2015), $2.5 million (2016), and $3 million (2017) over the remainder of the contract.
This season, Edelman had recorded 61 receptions for 692 yards receiving and seven touchdowns for the Patriots over the course of nine games.