Julian Edelman has been among the best players in New England Patriots history since they made the former college quarterback a seventh-round pick in 2009, ultimately moving him to wide receiver in the process.
Unfortunately for Edelman, Father Time has caught up with him. He missed all but six games a season ago due to a knee injury. There’s also been speculation that the Super Bowl LIII MVP won’t be able to play a full slate in 2021. That’s now led to the New England Patriots making the decision to release their longtime star.
The #Patriots have terminated the contract of WR Julian Edelman, per the wire. He’s listed as a failed physical.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2021
Edelman, 34, was set to count north of $6 million against the cap in 2021. New England saves $3.4 million by releasing the wide receiver.
A late-round pick out of Kent State, Edelman morphed into a favorite of former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in their 11 seasons together in New England. He put up three 1,000-yard seasons, won three Super Bowls and earned the MVP of the big game in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards in that game.
If this is indeed it for Edelman with the New England Patriots, he finishes his career second in franchise history with 620 receptions, fourth in receiving yards (6,822) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (36).