Julian Edelman may be retired but not every team thinks he is done for good. Julian Edelman has been retired since the end of the 2020-21 season, but the 36-year-old could make an NFL comeback next season. In fact, it could’ve been this year.
This week, the retired Patriots WR said he has heard from three teams about coming out of retirement to play for them, saying, “There’s been some calls, and I’ve turned them down,” Edelman said.
“The situation would have to be in New England with a New England team that’s a contender,” he said, per Pats insider Phil Perry.
When Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, Edelman’s name immediately came up, but he also made it clear then he would not return to a team unless it was the Patriots.
“Honestly, realistically, no,” Edelman said on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Sept. 9. “I can’t see myself playing anywhere else. … That’s how I feel right now.”
The former wide receiver is likely to continue enjoying his retirement since the Patriots don’t figure to be in the Super Bowl discussion for many years to come.
The 36-year-old played all 11 of his NFL seasons in New England.
Edelman ranks second in franchise history for career receptions (620), fourth in receiving yards (6,822) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (36.) He was part of three Super Bowl teams, including the Patriots’ most recent championship, which saw Edelman earn MVP honors in Super Bowl LIII.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.