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Recently retired Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman took a playful jab at his former teammate in a new interview on Thursday while putting a stop to talk the two could reunite in Tampa.
“I’m a one-team guy,” Edelman joked on “The Michael Irvin Podcast” while addressing Brady’s recent trolling that Edelman isn’t retired for good.
Edelman, who spent his entire 12-year career in New England, was clearly referencing Brady’s move to the Buccaneers in March 2020, after 20 years with the Patriots.
While discussing his retirement, Edelman explained he has no regrets about his decision, and threw in a compliment to his former quarterback.
“My knee’s breaking down, I’m not gonna sit here, you know, I got everything I wanted,” he 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. I’m good with what I did, I left it all out on the field.”
Edelman played only six games in 2020 due to a chronic knee injury, which ultimately led to his decision to retire.
Since Edelman announced his retirement in April, Brady has been on a chop-busting spree, making public comments hinting that Edelman isn’t done playing football. The reigning Super Bowl MVP also called his former teammate “a free agent” on social media.
Brady’s boldest comment, though, came during a virtual event during the 2021 NFL Draft.
“Edelman’s just too scared to tell [Patriots head coach] Bill [Belichick] he wants to come to Tampa,” Brady said. “I’ve been there.”
Despite some hope Brady could recruit Edelman to the Bucs — like he did with former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to reunite with Brady in Tampa in April 2020 — Edelman has maintained that he hung up his jersey for good.
Edelman, who turns 35 in May, will begin a new chapter in his career as an analyst on “Inside the NFL.”
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