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Julian Edelman to join ‘Inside the NFL’ as analyst

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman announced his retirement from football last week, but the former New England Patriots star will be very visible to NFL fans this upcoming season.

Edelman revealed on Wednesday that his film production company, Coast Productions, has partnered with Viacom CBS to create content for some of the network’s channels. He also says he will be joining the cast of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” this fall.

Edelman will join James Brown, Phil Simms and Brandon Marshall every week, according to Deadline. Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis will still make appearances on the show as well.

Edelman announced his retirement in an emotional video (see it here), but that didn’t stop speculation that he might wind up joining the Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His announcement on Wednesday should officially put all of that talk to rest.

Former Notre Dame WR shares great Julian Edelman story

Julian Edelman

We’ve heard a lot about Julian Edelman’s on-field accomplishments since his retirement from the NFL, but we’re also hearing some stories about what a quality guy he is.

Former Notre Dame wide receiver Chris Finke on Wednesday shared a great Edelman story on social media. Finke said he sent Edelman a direct message on Twitter in 2018 asking for advice when his role was expanding at Notre Dame. Finke didn’t seem to expect a response from Edelman, but he got one the next morning.

Edelman certainly could have easily ignored the message. The fact that he took the time to respond and give solid advice tells you a lot about the guy.

If that’s not proof enough, you only need to see what Bill Belichick thought of his longtime wide receiver.

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Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft share great statements on Julian Edelman

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It’s not too often that you hear Bill Belichick open up his heart and publicly give one of his players glory, but he did so with Julian Edelman this week.

Edelman on Monday announced his retirement from the NFL. He did so with an emotional video message (you can watch it here).

Belichick, who coached the Patriots throughout Edelman’s entire career, complimented the former receiver with some very nice words.

“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career – wins, championships, production – Julian has it all,” Belichick said in his statement. “Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select. It is historic. This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel. Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out. Then, in the biggest games and moments, with championships at stake, he reached even greater heights and delivered some of his best, most thrilling performances. For all Julian did for our team, what I may appreciate the most is he was the quintessential throwback player. He could, and did, do everything – catch, run, throw, block, return, cover and tackle – all with an edge and attitude that would not allow him to fail under any circumstance. Julian Edelman is the ultimate competitor and it was a privilege to coach him.”

Edelman won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was named MVP of Super Bowl LIII.

Here is the statement team owner Robert Kraft issued about Edelman:

“Julian Edelman is one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history. There aren’t many players who earn an NFL roster spot at a position they have never played before. Julian not only did that as a seventh-round draft selection, but he is retiring with the second-most career receptions in franchise history and as a three-time Super Bowl Champion, including his last as Super Bowl MVP. No one was more committed to his craft and honing his skills than Jules. His explosiveness off the line, quickness in his cuts and elusiveness after the catch made him one of the hardest players to defend throughout his career. His clutch catches in our biggest games and overall toughness made him a fan favorite. Over the past 12 years, I have enjoyed watching him grow as a player, as a person and as a father. In 2019, I had the privilege of traveling to Israel with Julian, which might be the only place where he is more popular than here in New England.”

Edelman is second in Patriots history with 620 receptions and second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions. He departs the Patriots a year after Tom Brady left. Edelman’s retirement decision is not too surprising given what we knew about his knee injury.

Julian Edelman announces retirement in emotional video message

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman officially announced his retirement as a New England Patriot in an emotional video message.

Seated in a chair on the field at Gillette Stadium, Edelman looks around as career highlights are played. The wide receiver then makes the announcement before thanking owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, and his teammates and coaches.

“I’ve always said I’m gonna go until the wheels come off, and they finally have fallen off,” Edelman said, citing his knee injury as the reason for his retirement.

Make sure you stick around to the end, where Edelman ends the video with an amusing surprise.

Edelman was officially released by New England earlier Monday. He ends his career having played 11 years with the team. He’s a three-time Super Bowl champion, winning MVP of Super Bowl LIII.

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Julian Edelman could be mulling retirement after being cut by Patriots

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It sounds as if we may have seen Julian Edelman in the NFL for the final time.

The Patriots released the veteran wide receiver on Monday with a “failed physical” designation. However, it sounds unlikely that Edelman will be entertaining offers from other teams. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that the move could be a technicality as Edelman considers retirement.

The news of Edelman’s release sparked a brief frenzy. Many thought it would open the door for him to reunite with Tom Brady, with whom Edelman is notoriously close. However, the wide receiver has dealt with chronic knee injuries in recent years, and only played in six games in 2020. There was some belief that even if he did play in 2021, he was likely to miss at least part of the season.

In 11 seasons with the Patriots, Edelman racked up 6,822 receiving yards and caught 36 touchdown passes. If this is it for the 34-year-old, his name will go down in franchise history as one of the most important players of his era.

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Could Julian Edelman’s knee injury mean the end of his Patriots career?

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Julian Edelman played in just six games last season after suffering a knee injury, and the veteran receiver is still working to get back to 100 percent health. Unfortunately, he may not be able to in time for the 2021 season.

Edelman’s knee issue is one that has hampered him for two years and will likely force him to miss at least some of next season, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. A source familiar with Edelman’s injury said surgery can provide temporary relief but that Edelman may never be fully healthy again.

All indications are that Edelman is going to try to fight his way onto the field, but it is now fair to wonder if the New England Patriots can keep him. They have already handed out big free agent contracts to wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, and they may add another player or two at the position in the draft.

Edelman’s base salary for 2021 is a reasonable $2.8 million, so there is no major risk to keeping him. However, the Patriots could free up roughly $3.5 million in salary cap space if they release or trade him.

There was talk before last season that the Patriots and Edelman may want to move on from one another with Tom Brady gone, but he’s still considered an important leader in New England. He remained committed to the team even without his best buddy on the roster, though he did have a funny take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl.

Edelman caught 100 passes in 2019, so he is still capable of producing if healthy. Bill Belichick will probably want to keep him around to help mentor the team’s young receivers, but the lingering knee issue could force the Patriots’ hand.

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Julian Edelman writes open letter to Meyers Leonard addressing slur

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Meyers Leonard said Tuesday that he was unaware of the meaning of the anti-Semitic slur he used during a video game streaming session, and Julian Edelman has offered to help the Miami Heat big man gain a better understanding.

Edelman, who is Jewish, wrote an open letter to Leonard on Wednesday inviting him to meet with the New England Patriots star in Miami. Edelman said his goal is to “offer some perspective” rather than add to the criticism Leonard has received. He said he believes that Leonard used the anti-Semitic slur out of ignorance rather than hate but explained why he feels the former is more dangerous.

Here is the full letter:

Leonard was playing “Call Of Duty: Warzone” on his Twitch channel Monday and got upset. He began hurling some profanity, and that’s when the slur came out.

“F–ing cowards. Don’t f–ing snipe me, you f–ing K– b–c,” Leonard said.

Several hours after the incident was brought to light, Leonard issued an apology. He claimed he did not know what the slur meant.

If you remember, Edelman also reached out to fellow NFL star Desean Jackson after Jackson had some anti-Semitic Instagram posts last year.

Edelman has become an important figure in the Jewish community, especially for sports fans. He has said that he did not identify as Jewish until later in life, so he never really felt anti-Semitic slurs were directed at him growing up. You can see how passionate he is about his religion now.

Julian Edelman gets in on Tom Brady fun with tweet

Julian Edelman

Julian Edeman may not get to goof around with Tom Brady anymore in the locker room, but the veteran receiver is finding other ways to have fun with his best buddy.

Earlier in the week, Justin Bieber tweeted a great old photo of himself and captioned it “your boy.” Brady decided to follow suit by sharing an old photo of himself, and he chose the infamous one of him modeling while holding a baby goat. You can see Brady’s great tweet here.

Those who followed the Brady-Edelman bromance through the years will not be surprised that Edelman did not want to be left out. He tried his hand at the “your boy” trend with a photo of himself and his awesome haircut at Kent State.

It is no secret that Edelman was devastated when Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even if Brady did mock Edelman over his embarrassing arrest that one time, the two are very close. Edelman’s tweet is a sign that they have remained that way.

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Julian Edelman uncertain to play in 2021?

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman played in just six games for the New England Patriots last season after suffering a knee injury, and the veteran receiver is still not fully recovered. That has left his future uncertain.

Edelman is still rehabbing from the knee injury and no decision has been made on whether or not he will play in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Edelman caught just 21 passes last season in what was an abysmal year for the Patriots’ passing offense. He’ll turn 35 this offseason and carries a salary cap hit of more than $6 million in 2021, so it’s fair to wonder if Bill Belichick will want him back even if he’s healthy.

There was talk before last season that the Patriots and Edelman may want to move on from one another with Tom Brady gone, but he’s still considered an important leader in New England. He remained committed to the team even without his best buddy on the roster, though he did have a funny take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl.

Edelman caught 100 passes in 2019, so he is probably still capable of producing if healthy. His knee injury will be worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

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Julian Edelman shares thoughts on seeing ex-teammate Tom Brady with Bucs

Julian Edelman

Few players, if any, were as close to Tom Brady on the New England Patriots as Julian Edelman was. Now Edelman is watching the playoffs from home as Brady guides the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFC Championship Game.

Edelman told Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast that it was “obviously, definitely weird” to see Brady starring for a team other than the Patriots. The wide receiver added that their current relationship is like “a marriage where you grew apart but you still love each other.”

“You still may have a couple kids. We have 3 kids,” Edelman said alluding to their shared championships, via TMZ Sports. “So there’s still communication of what you guys are going through and how you’re doing but you both got your own lives that you have to keep on going towards and that’s kind of how it’s like.”

Edelman said he is rooting for Brady, as well as Rob Gronkowski, another ex-teammate.

“I wanna see those guys do well. It’s awesome seeing Gronk and Tommy doing well and playing and making big plays … it’s obviously, definitely weird, but it is what it is.”

Brady’s departure definitely hurt Edelman. He played in only six games due to a knee injury, failing to catch a touchdown pass for the first time since 2011. At the very least, he picked up a few media habits from his old buddy, but he’ll be hoping for a much better 2021.

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