Julian Edelman is no longer a member of the New England Patriots. Edelman saw his contract terminated after a failed physical.
Patriots have terminated the contract of former Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman after 11 seasons. pic.twitter.com/8eH5pGQEeU
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 12, 2021
Many people seem to believe that this move was more indicative of something bigger rather than a cruel ending with the Patriots. Could we see the former Super Bowl MVP retire?
While Julian Edelman showed up on the NFL transaction wire today as having his contract terminated by the Patriots, the expectation is that it is a technicality as part of a retirement, per @MikeReiss.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2021
Edelman had been dealing with knee issues which sidelined him for majority of the 2020 season, and thus, it might be time for him to hang up the cleats.
Julian Edelman Had An Incredible Career
Considering where Edelman came from, his career is something to marvel at. While the Patriots dynasty was largely defined by Brady and Belichick, Edelman became a key cog in the system in the later years.
In fact, he was by far, Brady’s number one target. After the years of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and after Gronk’s injury, it was Edelman who stepped up. The chemistry he built with Brady is what carried the Pats to their last three Super Bowls and Edelman winning Super Bowl MVP.
Julian Edelman’s story is incredible:
– No scholarships out of high school.
– Played QB at Kent State.
– Didn’t get combine invite
– Drafted in the 7th round
– Plays 11 years as Tom Brady’s security blanket.
– 620 catches & 6,822 yards
– Wins 3 Super Bowls and a Super Bowl MVP. pic.twitter.com/rjVp7lPZBG
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 12, 2021
Will Julian Edelman Retire?
Edelman’s decision to continuing playing football all depends on his health. His knee is banged up, and apparently it’s been that way for a while. Jeff Howe of the Athletic said that his knee has ““been in bad shape for quite some time.”
Additionally, Howe claims that Edelman “will be making a decision on his future very soon.” Edelman isn’t getting any younger either. The receiver is now 34 years old. With a 17 game slate and a bad knee, it may just be too much for him.
Whatever Edelman decides to do, there’s no doubt that he’ll be looked at with respect. Edelman became a voice for the Jewish community in the NFL, and his work in New England off-the-field is something to admire. He was a leader for the Pats in every which way:
— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) April 12, 2021
His resilience to keep pushing and earning a spot as a top receiver on the Patriots speaks levels about his dedication and commitment to the game.
Easy to forget the Patriots almost pulled the plug on the Julian Edelman Experiment in 2013. Had been a great returner/special teamer, filled in at DB, hadn’t quite made it at WR.
So the Pats signed Amendola to replace Welker. Edelman returned on a 1-year deal. Rest is history.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 12, 2021
If last year was the last time we saw Edelman on the football field, we’ll definitely look back on his career as an inspirational story for everyone.
Where Will Edelman Sign If He Doesn’t Retire? Julian Edelman To The Buccaneers? Will Edelman Reunite With Tom Brady in Tampa Bay?
There seems to be only one logical spot for Edelman to go to if he doesn’t retire. Of course, we’re talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
At this point in his life and his career, Edelman probably isn’t looking to build some sort of new connection with a new quarterback, or look to elevate a team’s receiving core, or help a team rebuild and mentor other younger wide receivers.
If anything, he’ll want to go out with one last hurrah, and who better to do it with than his running mate from 2009-2019: Tom Brady.
More than just teammates, Brady and Edelman were two of the closest friends you can find in the NFL world.
— GOAT (@7RingsTommy) February 7, 2019
That special bond, and the fact that the Buccaneers are Super Bowl contenders has to be at least a little enticing for Edelman. If he wants to continue playing, with his health, and his age, he’ll want familiarity, and there’s no better place that offers it to him than Tampa Bay.
Not only would he be reuniting with Brady, but Edelman would also pair up with Rob Gronkowski again. However, the Bucs are still pressed for cash, and for right now they’re also trying to figure out their situation with Antonio Brown. Whether they can make the Edelman signing happen is a big question mark, but you have to expect Tom Brady is already in Edelman’s ear.