Tom Brady’s post feared New England Patriots fans, thinking that the former Patriots players may have joined him on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That dream became a reality when Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement in the 2020 offseason to force a trade to the Bucs.
While Tampa Bay has largely avoided becoming a rival of the Patriots in the South division, they have recently added some Foxborough flavor in the form of Shaq Mason, who was acquired via trade from the Patriots, and Logan Ryan, a former two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pats who signed with the Bucs after being released by the Giants.
Former Patriot Julian Edelman gave fans a scare when he announced his signing with the Buccaneers on April Fool’s Day, but it is uncertain whether Brady will recruit other former Patriots to join him in Tampa.
However, Edelman was only fooling around, much like Browns’ tight end David Njoku. The latter tricked prominent NFL insider Ian Rapoport by tweeting Friday morning that he was looking for a trade out of Cleveland.
Of course, Edelman’s Buccaneer’s joke comes after he caught Brady’s throws during a recent workout (or was that last year’s footage?). Brady shared the video on Twitter, and Edelman reposted it, asking, “How’s the knee look?”
Patriots fans were outraged by the video, which added fuel to the fire by asking Edelman the million-dollar question.
I’m sorry to break it to you, Gronk, but Edelman will not be returning. The former Super Bowl MVP will likely retire as he reaches his 36th birthday unless his long-standing knee problem miraculously improves after one year away from the NFL.
Retired American football wide receiver, Julian Edelman, played for the New England Patriots for 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
He was a quarterback at Kent State before being picked as a return specialist and wide receiver in the Patriots’ seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After taking over as the Patriots’ primary offensive starter in 2013, Edelman remained a vital member of the receiving corps until his retirement after the 2020 season.
Despite never being selected to the Pro Bowl, Edelman was one of the NFL’s most productive postseason receivers. He holds Super Bowl records for punt returns and first-half receptions in a single game and receiving yards and receptions in the postseason.
It would be a story for the ages if the three-time Super Bowl champion came out of retirement to contend for another ring with Brady, but the Bucs already have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, and Tyler Johnson at receiver.
All of the attention should be on Gronkowski, who is currently unsigned and indecisive about his NFL future.
After all, with his wonderfully relatable tweets, Edelman appears to be happy in his current role as an “Inside the NFL” pundit and the voice of the Patriots on Twitter. It was only a matter of time for No. 11 to play the Buccaneers joke card, given how frequently he has made Buccaneers fans laugh.