Julian Edelman gives Tom Brady his answer on returning to the Buccaneers
It’s been a storytelling season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. They signed legendary quarterback Tom Brady as a free agent. Brady encouraged a retired teammate to return to the NFL, and Rob Gronkowski was instrumental in helping the Buccaneers win their second Super Bowl title. But any idea of bringing the group together more in Tampa Bay was quashed by Julian Edelman.
Edelman retired in April and said earlier this week that it was final, despite what Gronkowski noted a few weeks ago. Brady made a joke about Edelman’s retirement because he didn’t want to face Bill Belichick’s wrath. Lots of athletes have done the retirement dance without retirement, but Edelman seems sincere about doing it.
Julian Edelman appears to be comfortable with his decision
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Appearing on The Michael Irvin podcast On Thursday, Julian Edelman made two remarks that show he’s done.
“My knees are breaking, I’m not going to sit here, you know I have everything I wanted.” I got three rings, played in a magical dynasty, with an amazing franchise coach, the best quarterback ever, like, yo, … I don’t need nothing else to prove.
Edelman has become a favorite target for Brady despite some humble beginnings. A quarterback at Kent State, Edelman moved on to receiver after going to the New England Patriots in the seventh round. He had two seasons of 100 catches (2013 and 2019). Edelman was a Super Bowl MVP in New England’s win over the Los Angeles Rams in February 2019.
Edelman caught 118 passes in 19 playoff games, averaging 12.2 yards per reception and scoring five touchdowns.
Gronkowski and Brady wanted a reunion
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Whether joking or not, it sounded a lot like Julian Edelman was a wanted man in Tampa Bay. On an NFL Draft Show, Tom Brady joked that Edelman was afraid to tell Belichick he wanted to go to the Bucs. So he retired instead
Gronkowski told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on the Greenish podcast that he didn’t know why Edelman wouldn’t return.
“Jules was an incredible player, and he literally gives everything for his teammates. I just wish Julian the best to heal. Obviously, in his little press conference trick he said he was going to go until the tires fell off, and he sure is. So I hope he heals. I want the best for him.
“I’ve been in this situation before. I believe if Julian really heals all that aches him, and he heals completely and feels great, I think he will come back. I don’t know or see why he wouldn’t come back, possibly in the future. Maybe in a year or two. Let me tell you: this is just a competitor. So I say if he heals 100% and feels good, I think he will be back in the NFL.
Edelman, however, says he has other plans now.
A television future for Julian Edelman
Like many former players, Julian Edelman will take a turn in front of the camera. He joins the cast of Showtime’s Inside the NFL. In addition, Edelman has a production company that has a deal with Viacom. The company will produce programs on the networks of this company.
However, it doesn’t appear that any of those shows were a documentary about Edelman’s return to the NFL. Edelman also played down Irvin’s Hall of Fame talks on Thursday.
“I’m not here to plead, man. I did not play the game to be in the room. … It’s an honor to even be mentioned, you know, and if something happens, something happens, you know I’m not going to worry about it. I’m going to be worried about my new job here on “Inside the NFL”. “
With three rings, a Super Bowl MVP, 620 receptions, and a legacy with the NFL’s oldest dynasty, Edelman is solid. Even without playing another game, he’s had a better career than the majority of seventh-round picks, of course.
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