Julian Edelman Steadfast on Staying Retired


Ever since signing quarterback Tom Brady last year the Buccaneers have been able to attract big name free agents. Whether it be trading for Rob Gronkowski or signing players like Leonard Fournette or LeSean McCoy, with Brady onboard, it was easy.

Players of this caliber were always on the Buccaneers wish-list, now they are part of a checklist. It’s not a hard sales pitch, “wanna come play with Tom Brady?” It’s like an opening sales pitch and closing wrapped in one.

Earlier this year when Patriots wide receiver Julien Edelman announced his retirement, we all knew what speculation was coming.

Edelman has disputed the rumor he would come out of retirement several times since. Most recently on “The Michael Irvin Podcast” , Edelman had this to say.

“My knee’s breaking down, I’m not going to sit here, you know, I got everything I wanted, 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. I’m good with what I did, I left it all out on the field.”

Yes of course Edelman could change his mind as his knee continues to heal. But lets be honest, he turns 35 this month and has most likely seen his best playing days.

The Buccaneers have a stacked wide receiving corp with players like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson. Throw in Justin Watson and Jaelon Darden this unit is solid.