Julian Edelman leaves the door ajar for return to play with Tom Brady…or the Patriots.


Julian Edelman has largely seemed content with making jokes on social media and doing Bill Belichick impressions on Paramount's "Inside the NFL" since retiring last April. He's also shut down the idea of joining ex-teammate Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay multiple times.

But that itch to get back on the football field might be creeping up on the legendary Patriots receiver.

When asked for the hundredth time about whether he'd consider an NFL return to play with Brady during an appearance at the Sunset Sports Media Festival in Zadar, Croatia this past weekend, the three-time Super Bowl champion didn't exactly slam the door.

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Edelman said. “That’s called a little teaser. We’ll see. We’re staying in shape but you never know."

No one has caught more passes from Brady during the quarterback's 22-year career than Edelman, who played with the all-time great passer for 10 seasons. It's worth noting the plucky slot receiver snagged a few more from Brady this off-season, though that might have been more for fun than truly testing out a return.

Edelman retired last off-season after spending the previous two campaigns with the Patriots battling chronic knee issues. He ended the 2020 season on injured reserve after six games.

But while the speculation has been all about re-joining Brady and going for one last Super Bowl run with his old pal, the 36-year-old wideout actually suggested coming back to his old team would be more likely.

"…I’d probably go back to the Patriots. I love the Patriots. Foxborough Forever,” he said.

We'll believe Edelman is coming back to football when we see it, and it feels less likely he'd want to return to a New England team that must fight to make the postseason than a Tampa Bay squad almost ticketed for the playoffs in a weak division.

But if he did want to come back to the Patriots and clearly had something left in the tank, Mac Jones would probably take him in a heartbeat.