There’s no doubt Julian Edelman has become one of Tom Brady‘s favorite wide receiver.

Somewhat of a security blanket, Brady and the Patriots want Edelman back but according to the Boston Herald, the team is going to have to compete to retain the free agent to be.

Edelman has earned a total of about $3 million in his first five seasons with the Patriots, and he’ll get more than that in his signing bonus. Don’t blame him for being loyal to the money in March, and the Patriots will have to compete to retain him.