Julian Edelman says Tom Brady tried to bring him to Buccaneers; former Patriots star also nearly joined Giants

Julian Edelman retired throughout the 2021 offseason after 12 NFL seasons, all of them with the New England Patriots. But he had chances to sign up with a minimum of 2 other groups — and highly thought about among them. Joining Peyton and Eli Manning on their “Monday Night Football” broadcast to close Week 11, the previous Super Bowl MVP stated Tom Brady attempted to hire him to the Buccaneers as quickly as he moved to Tampa Bay in 2020. Seven years previously, Edelman included, he came close to signing up with Eli with the Giants, however eventually chose to stick to the Patriots throughout of his profession.

“(Tom) hit me up the first day he signed there, like, ‘You wanna come down?'” Edelman stated of a possible reunion with Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay. “I was like, ‘Absolutely not.'”

Edelman was technically still under agreement with the Patriots when Brady left New England for sunnier pastures, however 2020 showed to be his last season with the Pats. He was, nevertheless, a main totally free representative back in 2013, when he flirted with the Giants prior to re-signing with New England on a one-year offer.

“It was pretty close,” Edelman informed the Manning bros. “I went and visited down there in Jersey and met with (Tom) Coughlin and had nothing but respect for the organization … but I looked at my choices of going back to the Pats … (and) Peyton, thank you for taking (Wes) Welker off our hands … and the rest is history. You guys are saying, ‘Once a Giant, always a Giant.’ Well, ‘Almost a Giant, always a Patriot.'”

That’s not all Edelman needed to state throughout his “Monday Night Football” check out. He likewise exposed that another group, the Steelers, eyeballed him throughout the pre-draft procedure in 2009, when the Patriots made him a seventh-round choice. The capture? They worked him out as a protective gamer, in spite of Edelman playing quarterback at Kent State.

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