Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to discuss the Patriots’ contract offer to restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, which Cole said appears to be a case of the Patriots working the system to their benefit.

The Patriots will sign Julian Edelman to a one-year contract on Wednesday, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. The receiver, who was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, has spent the last four seasons with New England. The former collegiate quarterback, who caught 37 passes as a rookie, has 69 catches for 714 yards and four touchdowns over his career with the Patriots. In addition, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has shown special teams value, having returned three punts for touchdowns in four seasons.

The Patriots have signed restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

The Steelers now have five days to match the offer to Sanders — reportedly a one-year contract — and keep the receiver, or decide to pass and allow Sanders to join New England. If the Patriots do acquire Sanders, it would cost them their third-round pick in this year’s draft, which is 91st overall.

The Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The 32-year-old Kelly, who has played the last nine seasons with the Raiders, is a Mississippi State product who has had 34 sacks over the course of his career. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder had impressive back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011 when he finished with a combined 14.5 sacks, to go along with 41 tackles in 2011 and 60 tackles in 2010.

Rob Gronkowski might have to have the plate in his left forearm removed because of infection concerns, and as a result, his readiness for the 2013 season could be in jeopardy, according to a report from the Boston Herald.

The tight end, who initially broke his left forearm in a Nov. 18 win over the Colts, reportedly suffered an infection in the wake of January surgery. As a result, he’s nearing the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Patriots will play preseason games at Philadelphia and Detroit, and home against Tampa Bay and the New York Giants, it was announced Thursday afternoon.

While three of the official dates have yet to be announced, New England will host the Buccaneers on a nationally televised game on Fox on August 16 at 8 p.m., which is classified by the league as a Week Two matchup.

The Patriots have $10,299,937 in cap room as of Wednesday, according to NFLPA documents.

Talk about a strange combination.

Free agent Julian Edelman is visiting with the Giants this week, according to Mike Garofalo of USA Today. Edelman, a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, has spent the last four seasons with New England. The former collegiate quarterback, who caught 37 passes as a rookie, has 69 catches for 714 yards and four touchdowns over his career with the Patriots. In addition, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has shown special teams value, having returned three punts for touchdowns in four seasons.

Wes Welker said Wednesday morning that contract talks between his reps and the Patriots never got personal and indicated that in the end, “everything worked out really well for everybody.”

The former Patriots wide receiver who signed a free agent deal with the Broncos last month after six seasons in New England, told ESPN Radio that the whole thing was just about business.