Thoughts on Patriots' Julian Edelman to IR

The New England Patriots made a series of roster moves Tuesday. But the biggest was wide receiver and kick returner Julian Edelman going on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Here are thoughts on New England losing Edelman for the season:

  • This is tough luck for Edelman. He was starting to play his best football of the season. Edelman split time as the third receiver this year and was a terror on special teams. He had 21 receptions, three touchdowns and also a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown.

  • New England re-signed speedy receiver Donte' Stallworth to add depth to the receiving corps. Stallworth is familiar with the system and should have a quick learning curve. Other receivers like Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker must take a lion's share of the load.

  • Edelman's injury also puts an interesting twist on free agency. Welker is approaching another 100-catch season and is looking to cash in big in free agency with a multi-year contract. Edelman is considered the heir to Welker and a much cheaper alternative. But with Edelman coming off a season-ending injury, would the Patriots change their thinking and pay Welker the big bucks?