Why did Patriots lower Julian Edelman? Failed bodily solely a part of New England roster transfer
The Patriots despatched shockwaves all through the NFL on Monday — tremors, a minimum of — with the announcement that they’d lower veteran receiver Julian Edelman.
A number of stories recommend that New England lower Edelman, 34, as a result of he failed his bodily; he would have performed his twelfth season within the league in 2021 after lacking the ultimate 10 video games of the 2020 season whereas recovering from knee surgical procedure.
That stated, New England’s resolution to chop Edelman was greater than only a easy failed bodily. Both method, Monday’s resolution may put the cap on an 11-year profession that noticed Edelman catch 620 passes for six,822 yards and 36 touchdowns and win three Tremendous Bowls.
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Here is every thing you could know in regards to the resolution, and Edelman’s future within the NFL.
Why did the Patriots lower Julian Edelman?
The preliminary purpose for Edelman’s tenure ending in New England was a failed bodily. That is smart on the floor, contemplating that the 34-year-old receiver performed within the fewest video games in a given season since he entered the NFL in 2009. Contemplating how busy New England coach/GM Invoice Belichick was in free company, it additionally stands to purpose that Edelman would have seen fewer targets in 2021 after the Patriots added receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, and tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
Nevertheless, that was solely a part of the Patriots’ resolution. Per Mike Weiss of ESPN, the choice may merely be a formality and precursor to Edelman retiring from soccer.
Whereas Julian Edelman confirmed up on right this moment’s transaction wire as having his contract terminated by the Patriots, Edelman has been mulling retirement and this might simply be a precursor to that announcement.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 12, 2021
Edelman later confirmed rumors that he was, certainly, retiring. Edelman, in a pre-recorded video, introduced his resolution.
Why is Edelman retiring from the NFL?
Within the video, Edelman credited an undisclosed knee damage from the 2020 season as the rationale for his retirement. He underwent surgical procedure on Oct. 29 and didn’t return for the rest of New England’s 7-9 season.
“Nothing in my profession has ever come simple. And, no shock, this is not going to be simple, both,” Edelman stated in his announcement. “I at all times stated, ‘I am gonna go till the wheels come off.’ They usually lastly have fallen off. As a result of an damage final 12 months, I will be making my official announcement of retirement from soccer. It was a tough resolution, however the precise resolution for me and my household. And I am honored, and so proud, to be retiring a Patriot.
That final line additionally places an finish to any rumors that Edelman will try a comeback someplace else within the NFL — notably, in Tampa Bay with former teammates Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.