‘I’m a One-Team Guy’- Julian Edelman Squashes Rumors of Him Joining Tom Brady at Tampa Bay

Published 05/21/2021, 3:45 PM EDT


The news of wide receiver Julian Edelman retiring came as a shock to many. The 34-year-old who played for the New England Patriots recorded a 2020 season that was ravaged by injuries. 

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But even then, one did not expect the wideout to hang his boots up for good. The wide receiver, though, after failing a medical, stated that his body had suffered enough. 

Being a regular on the Patriots roster ever since being drafted in 2009, the wideout announced his retirement from the game with 3 Super Bowl rings and a Super Bowl MVP to his name. 

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But many took his decision to retire with a pinch of salt. This perhaps is down to the fact that a former Patriots player did the same only to re-sign with a different franchise a year after being away from the game. And that player is none other than Rob Gronkowski, Edelman’s former teammate at New England.

Gronk, who is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneers player, had his reasons for making the switch. Tom Brady too moved over from the Patriots to the Bucs in 2020, prompting Gronk to come out of retirement. 

With Edelman being as close as he was with Brady and Gronk, people believed that the wideout would follow in their footsteps. But that, according to Julian Edelman himself, will certainly not be the case.

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Julian Edelman is not budging   

Appearing on the Michael Irvin Podcast, Edelman put to bed the rumors surrounding him joining the Patriots. “I’m a one-team guy,” said Edelman, while talking to the NFL Hall of Famer.  

The 2019 Super Bowl MVP further elucidated on his decision to not return to the league again. 

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“My knees breaking down, I’m not gonna sit here, you know, I got everything I wanted,” Edelman said.

“I got three rings, played in a magical dynasty, with an unbelievable franchise coach, best quarterback of all time, like, yo, I’m not a greedy guy. I played to win, I played to compete, I don’t need anything else to prove,” he added.

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Gronk and Brady have both teased the idea of seeing Edelman in a Bucs uniform next season. But as things stand, it doesn’t seem like that wish of theirs will come true.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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