Former Patriots great Julian Edelman seems to be whistling a different tune on a potential NFL return.
Edelman appeared to leave the door open to the possibility of coming out of retirement during an appearance at the Sunset Sports Media Festival in Zadar, Croatia over the weekend.
« I don’t know, we’ll see, » Edelman said when asked if he would return to play in the NFL with his former teammate, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
“It’s called a little teaser. We will see. We stay in shape but you never know. But I would probably go back to the Patriots. I love the Patriots. Foxborough forever.
Edelman, 36, spent the first 11 of his 12 NFL seasons playing alongside Brady in New England, where the quarterback-receiver duo won three Super Bowls together. Their bromance on and off the pitch was loved by Foxborough fans, and the pair remained close.
Edelman announced his retirement last April, and later that month revealed he was joining Showtime’s « Inside the NFL » to begin his post-player career.
At the time, Brady joked that Edelman was a free agent, prompting speculation that he would join the quarterback at Tampa Bay – as would former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who came out of retirement to reunite with Brady in Tampa in April 2020. .
Edelman, however, twice dismissed the idea of a Brady reunion and maintained that he did not regret his decision to hang up his jersey for good. He only played six games in 2020 due to a chronic knee injury, which ultimately led to his decision to retire.
Nonetheless, Edelman’s latest comments in Croatia — at the 2022 Weekend Media Festival with Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis — appear to be the first of their kind.
Brady, meanwhile, is preparing for his 23rd season in the NFL and his third with the Buccaneers. The seven-time Super Bowl champion announced the end of his short 40-day retirement in March to return to Tampa Bay to take care of some « unfinished business. »