Julian Edelman on retiring: We’re not there yet

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As the 2020 season neared its end, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that it was too early to talk about whether wide receiver Julian Edelman would return for another season and Edelman isn’t ready to confirm any plans either.

Edelman, who turns 35 this spring, missed the final 10 games of the season with a knee injury and some have wondered if he might retire from the NFL. He remains under contract for the 2021 season and didn’t sound ready to make any proclamations about his future during an appearance on Pardon My Take.

Edelman said “we’re not there yet” when asked if he could dispel talk of his retirement. He also said he wanted to get away from football for a bit and decompress by spending time with his daughter, but added that he is working on a plan for the offseason.

The 2020 season was a different one for the Patriots as they took the field without Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. If Edelman were to move on, 2021 would mark another big break from the past in New England.

14 responses to “Julian Edelman on retiring: We’re not there yet

  1. Edelman hasn’t been his best the last couple of years. He’s been injured but not sure if it isn’t also bit of his age & all those hits he’s taken over the years. He’s a great competitor so wish him the best.

  2. I expect him in Tampa next year. Godwin will be gone in free agency, and TB will ask for his long time security blanket for the final run. Might as well get the whole gang together. It will only be a $4 mil cap hit for Tampa. Trade OJ Howard in his contract year for him (who they don’t need with Gronk and Brate) and Tampa picks up $6 mil in cap savings.

  3. The Patriots can bring him back on a cheaper deal and only use him on third down situations or in the clutch time of a game.

  4. The Patriots can bring him back on a cheaper deal and only use him on third down situations or in the clutch time of the game.

  5. “we’re not there yet” means he isn’t in Tampa Bay w/ his buddy. Stick a fork in this guy, he is DONE.

  6. If he’s already referring to himself with plural pronouns, I think he might want to retire now before his brain gets anymore addled.

  7. Patriots will have enough young guys on the roster. They need veterans in every meeting room. Guys that lead by example. Slot receiver has always been a huge part of not only the offense but of the game-plan as a whole.

    The Pats move the chains on offense and make the opposition do the same, knowing that’s difficult. The Pats also put a premium on special teams and Olszewski has stepped into Edelman’s role. It would be great to Jules work with Gunner in the slot and on special teams. Of course, they need a QB to get him the ball.

    Slater, Devin McCourty, Chung, Hightower, Andrews and Edelman are all veterans that can add value by Example.

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