Here's What Julian Edelman Said About Possible Retirement Plans


New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman doesn't plan on retiring just yet.

During an appearance on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast, Edelman said he's "not there yet" when asked about the recent retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers.

“He had a great career. He had an unbelievable career,” Edelman said. “But, I don’t know, we’re not there yet."

Edelman endured a frustrating 11th NFL season in 2020, which was limited to just six games due to a knee injury that led to "precautionary" surgery in October. The Patriots struggled in his absence, having already lost veteran quarterback Tom Brady to free agency, as well as several other key contributors, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

“This whole year was so jacked up. It was so long, I just need to decompress for a little bit,” Edelman said via Pardon My Take. “I’m out in L.A. right now, taking my kid to school and picking her up, doing the kind of things you don’t get to do during the season, and I’m enjoying that right now.”

Edelman also provided an update on his recovery, saying he's "getting there" and has had plenty of time to reflect with an early offseason.

“It was a rough year when it came to just my physicality and how I felt,” Edelman said. “It’s tough, but this is the time where you sit and you self-reflect. You self-evaluate and you self-scout yourself through all last year. You’re really go in and try to develop a formula and try to develop a game plan for how you’re going to attack the offseason. That’s the process I’m in right now.”

The 34-year-old wide receiver will enter the final year of his contract with the Patriots next season, which is set to carry a cap hit of more than $6.6 million.

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