It wasn’t exactly a banner season for wide receiver Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots. In fact, they didn’t even make the playoffs with Cam Newton as the new quarterback. Edelman also looked a lot different (read: worse) without Tom Brady.
But Edelman, 34, isn’t ready to give up just yet. So don’t mention retirement to him, as Pardon My Take co-host Dan Katz did.
“You guys are nuts,” Edelman said, jokingly. “What are you talking about? Right now, we’re being a dad right now, and we’re sitting back and training, getting our body right for the next year. It’s a time to get away from football right now. It was a long, crazy year.”
A knee injury limited Edelman to just six games this past season, and the Patriots finished 7-9. But retiring? It doesn’t sound likely.
“We’re not there yet,” Edelman said. “This whole year was so jacked up, man. It was so long. I just need to decompress for a little bit. I am out in L.A. right now and taking my kid to school and picking her up, and doing those kind of things that you don’t get to do during the season. I am enjoying that right now. So I don’t necessarily know what you guys are talking about.”
Edelman was a seventh-round pick out of Kent State in 2009, where he was a quarterback. He went on to win three Super Bowls with the Tom Brady and the Patriots as a receiver.
“This is the time where you self-reflect and you evaluate and you self-scout yourself throughout all of last year. And you really go in and develop a formula and develop a game-plan for how you’re going to attack the offseason and that is the process I am in right now,” he said.