Julian Edelman to visit 49ers

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will visit the San Francisco 49ers on a free-agent visit Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Edelman, who enters his sixth NFL season in 2014, is from Redwood City, Calif. This is the first reported visit this offseason for Edelman, whose representatives have been keeping lines of communication open with the Patriots.

New England has visited with free-agent receivers Brandon LaFell (Panthers) and Jason Avant (Eagles), but Edelman is still on the radar as well.

Perhaps the visit with the 49ers sparks some movement with Edelman's situation. It wasn't until Edelman visited the New York Giants last offseason as a free agent that it sparked his return to the Patriots on a one-year deal.