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Julian Edelman not joining Buccaneers

Julian Edelman plans to settle into retirement, not rush to reunite with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay.

Edelman retired last month from the NFL and spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, spanning 11 seasons and resulting in three Super Bowl rings and 620 career catches.

Asked by Michael Irvin on a recent podcast if he was considering connecting with good friend Brady on the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, Edelman put his cards on the table.

“My knees breaking down, I’m not gonna sit here, you know, I got everything I wanted,” Edelman explained. “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.”

Brady hinted that Edelman might not be retired long after he announced his decision in April.

“I’m a one-team guy,” Edelman said.

A seventh-round pick out of Kent State, the college quarterback converted to wide receiver and was also a return specialist for the Patriots earlier in his career.

His performance in the playoffs stirred recent media chatter about his Hall of Fame candidacy, and multiple players chimed in on whether they felt Edelman was worthy of a place in Canton.

Edelman said he’s perfectly content letting such debate rage on, but won’t participate in the back and forth unless it becomes a topic on “Inside the NFL” where Edelman will be part of the panel.

“I’m not here to make a case, man,” Edelman said. “I didn’t play the game to be in the Hall. … It’s an honor to even be mentioned. You know and if something happens, something happens, you know I’m not gonna be worrying about that, I’m going to be worrying about my new job here on Inside the NFL.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman (11) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots WR Edelman placed on COVID-19 list

The New England Patriots placed receiver Julian Edelman on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, according to the NFL’s daily transaction wire.

It wasn’t immediately known if Edelman tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who did.

Edelman is currently on injured reserve with a knee injury. He last played in Week 7.

Center David Andrews expects Edelman to be back later this season.

“It’s tough, this whole virus thing is tough,” Andrews told reporters. “But Jules — like he always does — will bounce back.”

Edelman has 21 receptions for 315 yards in six games (one start) this season. He exceeded 1,000 yards receiving in three of the previous six campaigns.

Earlier in the day, New England coach Bill Belichick told WEEI radio that the club was taking things “day-by-day” with Edelman’s injury.

“I know he’s working extremely hard, and I would certainly never count Julian out of anything,” Belichick said. “He’s got a tremendous will and work ethic and very competitive. Football is very important to him, so it would take a lot for me to count him out, put it that way.

“I think Julian has made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks. I talked to him the other day, and he’s certainly feeling better and able to do a little more each day.”

Overall, Edelman had 620 receptions for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns in 137 games (85 starts) over 11 NFL seasons, all with the Patriots.

–Field Level Media