The original terms of the deal included a $50,000 offseason workout bonus (details here), but under the new deal, $40,000 of that offseason workout bonus has been converted to a roster bonus for being on the 53-man roster for Week 1, according to a league source. In addition, the financial amounts tied to his receptions incentives have been slightly altered, but the maximum value of the contract remains $1.015 million, the source said.
While we don’t know for certain why the terms were re-negotiated, it seems logical that the team and Edelman would agree to an altered deal because of a recent re-injury to the right foot that Edelman broke in Week 13 of last season. That’s kept him off the field at the start of OTA’s and has likely prevented him from taking part in the majority of the offseason program workouts.
It’s funny how the Patriots just signed Edelman to a new contract and have already tweaked it.