The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have improved at wide receiver with the addition of Russell Gage, but retired receiver Julian Edelman at least teased the team about joining on Friday, April 1.
Three-time Super Bowl champion, Edelman, 34, posted a joking notice join the Bucs on April Fools’ Day. Edelman retires from the NFL in 2021 after 12 seasons in New England. He played with Bucs midfielder Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, who is still a free agent.
“On to the next chapter,” Edelman tweeted.
Edelman made sure to add “April Fools” in the bottom corner of the post for clarity. It doesn’t mark Edelman first teasing the Bucs about joining forces with Brady.
They joked around on social media, teasing Edelman’s return on March 21. A video featuring Brady throw the pass to Edelman went viral on social media in the process.
“Still the best way to get cardio,” Brady tweeted.
“How is the knee,” wrote Edelman, who suffered a chronic knee injury late in his career.
Gronkowski also participated.
“Is Edelman coming back?” Gronkowski asked. “I certainly hope so!”
Ironically, Gronkowski has yet to officially decide to play in 2022. Edelman, who will retire due to knee problems in 2021, reiterated last year that he is done and considers himself the one person on a team.
“My knee is broken, I’m not going to sit here, you know, I’ve got everything I want,” Edelman said on “The Michael Irvin Podcast” in May 2021.
Edelman is still teasing the Bucs fan base in 2021 about joining Brady and Gronkowski. In contrast, Brady directly teased Edelman about joining the Bucs, and Gronkowski suggested that Edelman might eventually return.
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The Magic of Video
Realistically, Brady and Edelman didn’t run drills at UCLA on March 21 as NESN’s Zack Cox noted.
That video, which shows Edelman starting and finishing routes sooner than humanly possible, was shot in 2021 according to Cox. The video also got shot the same day of Brady’s pin-point throwing into a JUGS machine, Cox reported. Ari Fararooy, who has been working with Brady for several years, produced the videos.
Edelman said in October 2021 that he believes he could still play but doesn’t regret his decision.
“I mean, I could go out and catch 45, 50 balls,” Edelman said on the Barstool Sports “Call Him Papi” podcast. “But like, what am I hanging on for?”
“I’m cool. I’m not trying to hang on. I don’t need the money,” Edelman added. “I don’t want to look like one of those old guys out there, which I started looking like that last year, because my body was breaking down. I have too much respect for the sport as an art.”
Bucs Sitting Well at Receiver
Tampa Bay has plenty of depth at receiver from top to bottom.
Mike Evans will seek his ninth-straight 1,000-yard season, and Chris Godwin will look to return to full form after an ACL injury that curtailed a 1,000-yard campaign. Gage had 66 catches, 770 yards and four touchdowns last season with Atlanta.
Breshad Perriman re-signed with the Bucs after a solid showing in 2021. Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller could contribute again.
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