FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Kent State quarterback turned NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots on Thursday.
The deal keeps Edelman in New England through the 2019 season and is worth up to $15 million with incentives.
According to ESPN, the agreement came with a $5 million signing bonus.
Edelman's current contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The 31-year-old has led the Patgriots in receptions in three of the past four seasons, including 98 this past season for 1,106 yards.
From 2013 to '16, Edelman's 356 receptions are the fifth-highest total in the NFL, behind only Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown (481), Denver's Demaryius Thomas (398), Atlanta's Julio Jones (364) and Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (356).
Edelman's 2017 season was the final year of a four-year deal he had signed in 2014 worth $19 million.
After his career at Kent State, the Patriots selected him with the 232nd overall pick (seventh round) in the 2009 NFL Draft.
BROWNS CUT DB TYVIS POWELL
The Cleveland Browns announced Friday they had cut defensive back Tyvis Powell.
Powell had been claimed off waivers by the Browns on Feb. 6. He had appeared in eight games with the Seattle Seahawks last season.
Powell played for Ohio State in college.
He was scheduled to throw out the first pitch to the Cleveland Indians game on Friday night and still did so.
GEORGIA DOME IMPLOSION SET FOR NOV. 20
ATLANTA -- With construction of the Atlanta Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium moving closer to completion, the implosion of the Georgia Dome has been set for Nov. 20.
Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Falcons owner Arthur Blank's AMB Group, says there have been "a few exciting milestones on the roof over the last week" for the new stadium. That clears the path for plans to demolish the Georgia Dome, which stands beside the new stadium.
The Falcons had put a hold on decommissioning the Georgia Dome until there were no doubts the new facility would be ready for the 2017 season. The first event in the new facility, which also will be home to MLS Atlanta United, will be a Falcons preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 26.