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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Did Bill Simmons fall for Julian Edelman to Lions trade April Fools’ joke?

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Is Julian Edelman really on the verge of being traded to the Detroit Lions? If you listened to Bill Simmons’ interview with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, you would be thinking so.

During an interview with Cowherd, Simmons, who is a big Boston sports fan, threw out an Edelman rumor.

“Even the (Julian) Edelman, it seems like he might be headed to Detroit, is that official?” Simmons said to Cowherd.

Cowherd responded, “it’s talked about.”

Simmons does have some inside information on Boston sports teams, but there hasn’t been any chatter anywhere about Edelman being traded to the Lions. The only place I could find such a rumor came via a tweet early Wednesday morning by Patriots Militia that said Edelman was signing a 2-year deal with the Lions.

That was obviously fake considering Edelman is still under contract with the Patriots, and of course it came on April Fools’ Day.

So either Simmons knows about a trade in the works that nobody else has mentioned or reported, and that Cowherd has also supposedly heard about (because Cowherd obviously would never just go along with it to risk not sounding uninformed), or one of those pesky April Fools’ jokes got people.

Edelman had 100 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns last season. But with Tom Brady now in Tampa Bay, Edelman might want to play for a new team, and we all know how much the Lions love collecting Patriots players, so the rumor is plausible.

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