Edelman inked for NFL

Melissa Dilley

Former Kent State quarterback signs on with New England

Former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman signed a four-year, $1.7 million contract with the three-time Superbowl winning New England Patriots last week.

Edelman, who got a signing bonus of more than $48,000, was drafted by the team in the seventh round. He was the 232 pick overall.

While Edelman spent his college career as quarterback, he was signed as a wide receiver.

The 2009 alumnus left Kent State with a record-breaking 3,190 total yards in a single season. Edelman’s name took the top spot from former quarterback and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs in 2008.

In the 31 games Edelman played since becoming a Golden Flash in 2006, he threw for 40 touchdowns and ran for 22 more.

Before coming to Kent State as a sophomore, Edelman, who is originally from Redwood City, California, earned region MVP awards for his playing time at San Mateo Community College in California.

Edelman isn’t the only former Kent State athlete at New England’s mini camp. Former Kent State wrestler Jermail Porter is trying his hand at football. He has been attending the training camp in Foxboro, Massachusetts, but has not been signed.