Report: Julian Edelman wants to play, unsure knee will be well enough

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The Patriots are expected to have linebacker Donta’ Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, and tackle Marcus Cannon back after they opted out of playing in 2020, but it’s less clear how things will play out with wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Edelman didn’t opt out last year, but he was limited to six games due to a knee injury. While there was hope at the time of the injury that he’d be back before the season was over, Edelman never returned to action and Bill Belichick said in early January that it was too soon to know about his status for next season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that there isn’t any more clarity on Edelman right now. Rapoport reports that Edelman wants to play, but that his knee still isn’t well enough and it’s uncertain that continued rehab will get him where he needs to be.

Edelman is due to make $2.8 million this season with a cap hit of just over $6.1 million. There’s enough cap space in New England to make it so there’s no financial reason for the team to move on, but it will likely be some time before there’s any definitive word on his outlook for 2021.

18 responses to “Report: Julian Edelman wants to play, unsure knee will be well enough

  1. Love the guy. Ironically, he had the best game of his career (yardage) with Cam at quarterback. Only lasted a few more games after that. A certain Patriot HOFer. Extremely underrated (Richard Sherman has said so), and made some of the biggest plays in the biggest games. The Patriots probably would have dropped 60 points on the Eagles if he had played in that Super Bowl.

  2. mooncussers says:
    February 26, 2021 at 5:10 pm
    Love the guy. Ironically, he had the best game of his career (yardage) with Cam at quarterback. Only lasted a few more games after that. A certain Patriot HOFer. Extremely underrated (Richard Sherman has said so), and made some of the biggest plays in the biggest games. The Patriots probably would have dropped 60 points on the Eagles if he had played in that Super Bowl.

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    Or Hightower, Chung, Jon Jones had played and they allowed 27 points instead of 40.

  3. I think he is done with the Patriots but I can see him going to a team that needs veteran leadership to get them over the hump. The Browns or the Bills make sense.

  4. stubborndata says: …guy is nothing but wes welker with worse hands. Overrated and a bust.
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    LOL! A 7th round pick, an SB MVP, and whose postseason WR stats are 2nd only to Rice?
    What else is he, another example of how BB can’t draft receivers??

  5. Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

    touchback6 says:
    February 26, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    mooncussers says:
    The Patriots probably would have dropped 60 points on the Eagles if he had played in that Super Bowl.

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    Or Hightower, Chung, Jon Jones had played and they allowed 27 points instead of 40.

  6. For me, when I think of “The Catch” it’s not Montana to Clark in Candlestick, but Brady to Edelman in SB LI. You know which one, I don’t need to tell you, that is why its The Catch or to give it it’s full name – The Catch That Destroyed A Hundred Million Salty Hater’s Hopes.

  7. stubborndata says:
    February 26, 2021 at 5:15 pm
    This guy is nothing but wes welker with worse hands. Overrated and a bust.

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    Hilarious. Edelman was so great for the Pats, it’s almost like Welker never even played there.

    When a player gets a big head and does what Brady just did, he gone. Moss did it, Welker did it, and a lot of others were selfish and did it, and they all regretted it.

    Outside of Moss, BB made em all who they were. Edelman appreciates it, the other turds didn’t. BB made them millons.

    Edelman is far more dynamic than Welker and a postseason legend.

  8. drunken brady says:

    February 26, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Probably should just retire.

    1 year closer to teh HOF

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    When you look at the great wr who havent made the hall of fame you see theres a 0% chance he makes the HOF. Patriot HOF no doubt but NFL HOF no way.

  9. Outside of Moss, BB made em all who they were

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    LOL, what made you think BB made them who they were without talking to them on sideline?

    Brady turned cheap short slot receivers into top play makers SINCE 2001.

    Didn’t you see that James White “forgot” how to get wide open without Brady?

  10. stubborndata says:
    February 26, 2021 at 5:15 pm
    This guy is nothing but wes welker with worse hands. Overrated and a bust.

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    Do you actually watch Patriots games? Edelman has been Super Bowl MVP, Brady’s go-to guy, made numerous spectacular catches, and sacrificed his body for this team, not to mention money. Many games were won because of him, and Welker was no slouch, either. They are going to miss him greatly when he’s done.

  11. I think Weller was more talented overall, but Edelman has had a more clutch and memorable Patriots career. I know it got downvoted when someone else said it earlier- but Edelman has a few good years left, max. I’d be happy if he stayed a Patriot, yet will feel bad for him if he ends his career with 2 more years of mediocrity throwing him the ball. I’d rather see him go to the Bucs (even though they definitely have plenty of depth without him) and retire together with Brady and Gronk after a few more good years.

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