Super Bowl MVP awards go to the top performing player in the game – and naturally the trophy tends to be dominated by the best and highest paid players in the NFL. The 2019 Super Bowl MVP went to the Patriots’ Julian Edelman, who may be one of the best receivers in playoff history – but he’s not far off the list of the NFL’s best players paid.
Julian Edelman, who has now had outstanding performances in three Super Bowl wins for the Patriots, wasn’t even among the top 50 highest-paid players for his job this season.
The 2019 Super Bowl literally set lameness records: the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Rams was the Super Bowl with all-time lowest scorewith recordset for categories like fewest touchdowns (one) and lowest combined score over three quarters (six points).
But New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was particularly brilliant in one of the Super Bowl’s most boring games. After hitting a game-high 10 receptions for 141 yards, Edelman was named the 2019 Super Bowl MVP.
How much does Julian Edelman earn? The Super Bowl MVP’s cash earnings totaled $2.4 million last season, making him the 68th-highest-paid wide receiver and 561st-highest-paid player in the league, according to the earnings-tracking website. professional sports contracts. Spotrac.com. Edelman’s earnings in 2018 would have been $3 million had he not been suspended the first four games of the 2018 NFL season for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is receiving plenty of accolades for his incredible six Super Bowl championships — all the more amazing considering he was an unprecedented sixth-round draft pick. But Brady’s teammate Julian Edelman now has three Super Bowl championships, and he’s been exceptional in all three games. Like Brady, Edelman was overlooked on draft day, which probably isn’t surprising. Edelman is just 5’10”, he didn’t play in a college football powerhouse, and he didn’t even play wide receiver in college. He played instead Kent State quarterbackand his athleticism and competitiveness was enough for the Patriots to give Edelman a chance, selecting him in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
The unprecedented success of Tom Brady, now considered the GOAT (the greatest of all time), has led him to cash in: he is regularly one of the highest paid players in the NFL, earning around 29 million dollars in salary, bonuses and endorsements this year. last year, according to Forbes.
It’s a whole different story for 32-year-old Julian Edelman. And given Edelman’s outstanding performance in the biggest games, there’s an argument that he’s seriously underpaid.
For all of the 2019 playoffs, Julian Edelman finished with a total of 26 receptions for 388 yards in three wins for the Patriots, according to NFL.com. That’s averaging nearly nine catches and 130 yards per game — which are Worthy of the Hall of Fame statistics.
In his first Super Bowl victory in 2015, against the Seattle Seahawks, Julian Edelman also had a great game, accumulating 109 yards and nine catches, including what resulted in the championship-winning touchdown. Two years later, in the 2017 Patriots Super Bowl vs. Falcons, Edelman had five catches and 87 yards — nearly identical to the Falcons’ Super Bowl stats. Julio Joneswho is considered the best wide receiver in the NFL over the past decade and is generously paid for that.
Plus, Edelman pulled off one of the most memorable Super Bowl catches of all time in that 2017 title game against the Falcons — the so-called “ankle hold” that turned a near-interception into a critical completion of a dramatic draw for the Patriots.
After his 2019 Super Bowl MVP performance, Julian Edelman has a total of 115 playoff receptions, good for second place in NFL history behind the all-time great. Jerry Rice (151). Even before the 2019 Super Bowl, Edelman also clinched the NFL record for most punt returns in the playoffs.
Will Julian Edelman ever make the kind of money these impressive stats indicate he appears to be worth? We will have to wait and see.
Edelman is under contract with the Patriots until the end of next season. At that point, he’ll be 33, which is considered old for a wide receiver — especially for an aggressive undersized slot receiver like Edelman, who’s been hit and injured more than most.
If Julian Edelman cashes in on a big contract, he may not come from the Patriots. The franchise has a long history of letting players go as they get older and ask for more money. This even goes with fan-loved star receivers, as Wes Welkerwho left the Patriots in 2013 to sign with the Denver Broncos.