Patriots WR Julian Edelman Speaks Honestly When Asked About Retiring

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The 2020 NFL season was a bad one for the New England Patriots as the franchise found itself in uncharted waters by not only missing the playoffs but finishing the year under .500 for the first time in a very long time.

New starting quarterback Cam Newton struggled all year long and it did not help that the team was missing his primary receiver for a major part of the season with injury.

Julian Edelman exploded for 236 yards in the first two games of the season, but would suffer a knee injury that saw him miss the final 10 games of the season. Earlier this week, Edelman was asked about the possibility of retirement.

Here’s his response, via NESN:

“You guys are nuts,” Edelman said laughing. “What are you talking about? Right now we’re being a dad right now and we’re sitting back and training, getting our body right for the next year. It’s a time to get away from football right now. It was a long, crazy year. …”

“We’re not there yet,” he said. This whole year was so jacked up, man. It was so long. I just need to decompress for a little bit. I am out in L.A. right now and taking my kid to school and picking her up, and doing those kind of things that you don’t get to do during the season. I am enjoying that right now, so I don’t necessarily know what you guys are talking about.”

Edelman still has one more year left on his contract with the Patriots.