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 release WR Julian Edelman after 11 seasons

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball against Houston Texans linebacker Jonathan Greenard (52) during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots terminated the contract of former Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman on Monday.

The 34-year-old wide receiver is listed with a “failed physical” designation on the NFL’s transaction wire, and there were reports that he is mulling retirement.

A three-time Super Bowl winner, Edelman ranks second in Patriots history in receptions (620), fourth in receiving yards (6,822) and ninth in touchdown receptions (36).

A quarterback in college at Kent State, Edelman was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) by New England in 2009 and wound up playing in 137 regular season games and 19 postseason games.

Edelman posted three 1,000-yard seasons and two 100-catch campaigns. He missed the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL suffered in the preseason.

He was named the MVP of Super Bowl LIII after catching 10 passes for 141 yards in the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Edelman’s release frees up $3.4 million in salary cap space for the Patriots, per Spotrac.

–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

Report: Patriots WR Edelman (knee) inactive as career questions swirl

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is inactive for Monday’s game against the Buffalo Bills as the clock potentially winds down on his tenure with the franchise, according to the NFL Network.

Edelman,34, has spent his full 11-season career with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl rings while catching 620 passes for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns. He has had three 1,000-yard seasons, including a career-high 1,117 yards in 2019. Edelman was named the MVP in Super Bowl LIII, where he had 10 catches for 141 yards in New England’s win over the Rams.

This year has proved to be much more difficult for the former Kent State wideout, whom the Patriots drafted in the seventh round in 2009. Edelman has not played since Week 7 because of a knee injury.

In six games this season, Edelman has 21 catches for 315 yards.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Edelman also would likely miss next week’s regular-season finale.

“Edelman’s season is almost certainly over — and at age 34, his future is uncertain, as well,” Rapoport tweeted.

Edelman is under contract with the Patriots for 2021, but he could retire or the Patriots could choose to build around younger players.

–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

Report: Patriots putting WR Edelman (knee) on IR

The New England Patriots are expected to place wideout Julian Edelman on injured reserve on Saturday, NFL Network reported.

Edelman, 34, is coming off knee surgery and already had been ruled out for Sunday’s AFC East showdown with the Buffalo Bills. The IR designation would cost him at least three games.

Edelman has 21 catches for 315 yards but no touchdowns this season. He had eight receptions for 179 yards in a Week 2 loss to Seattle, but since then he has caught just eight balls for 79 yards.

In his 11th season with the Patriots, Edelman has 620 career receptions for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns. He has won three Super Bowls with New England, earning MVP honors in the 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

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Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs with the ball during warmups before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Edelman (knee) could miss multiple games

Wide receiver Julian Edelman isn’t expected to play Sunday because of a lingering knee injury, and the news could get worse for the struggling New England Patriots.

The Athletic reported Thursday that Edelman likely will miss an unspecified number of games because of the injury, which could require surgery. He probably will return this season, The Athletic said.

He was listed on Wednesday’s practice report as limited, and he reportedly didn’t practice on Thursday.

The Patriots (2-4) are coming off a 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, and they travel to Buffalo to meet the AFC East-leading Bills (5-2) on Sunday.

New England could be without both Edelman and starting wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who suffered a concussion against the 49ers.

Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski and Jakobi Meyers are the remaining receivers on the active roster as of Thursday’s practice.

Edelman, 34, has 21 catches for 315 yards but no touchdown catches on the season. He had eight receptions for 179 yards in a Week 2 loss to Seattle, and since then, has caught just eight balls.

In his 11th season with the Patriots, Edelman has 620 career receptions for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns. He’s been part of three Super Bowl-winning teams and was the game MVP in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Pat the Patriot  run onto the field before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Edelman on life without Brady: ‘The train keeps moving’

Julian Edelman acknowledged Monday that things are a little different in Patriots training camp without his longtime friend and quarterback, Tom Brady, but that doesn’t mean New England isn’t ready to get down to business.

“Obviously we played a lot of football together and I love him to death, but the train keeps moving, as it will when I’m not playing here,” Edelman told reporters about Brady in his first interview since January.

“Obviously it was a little different scenario, but you got to move on and understand it’s the business. You have to worry about the people we have here, and try to prepare ourselves the best we can.”

Brady left in the offseason to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Edelman said he’s confident in the abilities of Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and former league MVP Cam Newton, who signed as a free agent this offseason.

Coach Bill Belichick hasn’t named a starter for the Patriots, who are scheduled to open the season Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass.

“You have Hoyer, who has played here. He’s been in the system,” said Edelman, 34, who is entering his 11th season with the Patriots. “You have Stidham, who has a year under his belt. And you have Cam, this guy is a heck of a football player. This isn’t his first year playing football. This guy is a former MVP who has played in a lot of big games.

“I have a lot of faith in our coaching staff, along with some of the veteran players, to go out and do our best to try to prepare everyone the best we can. That’s what this season is going to be about — about addressing and overcoming certain situations everyone is having to deal with. We have a long road ahead of us, but if we just keep on bringing our hard hat and lunch pail to work, and coming in with a purpose, that’s usually when good things happen.”

–Field Level Media