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‘We’re not there yet’: Julian Edelman was asked if he plans to retire

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Despite the speculation about his future, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is only focused on trying to be a good father at the moment.

Edelman, 34, played in six games during the 2020 season before a knee injury left him sidelined for what turned out to be the remainder of the year.

And after he appeared to be thanking the City of Boston in a recent retrospective tweet, questions were asked if the former Super Bowl MVP was planning to retire.

In a recent episode of the “Pardon My Take” podcast, co-host Dan Katz jokingly asked Edelman if they could “get you to reconsider your retirement from football?”

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“You guys are nuts,” Edelman joked. “What are you talking about? Right now we’re being a dad right now and we’re sitting back and training, getting our body right for the next year. It’s a time to get away from football right now. It was a long, crazy year.”

“I don’t know. We’re not there yet,” Edelman continued. “This whole year was so jacked up, man. It was so long. I just need to decompress for a little bit. I am out in L.A. right now and taking my kid to school and picking her up, and doing those kind of things that you don’t get to do during the season. I am enjoying that right now, so I don’t necessarily know what you guys are talking about.”

On where he is in his injury rehab, Edelman sounded upbeat.

“I am getting there, man,” Edelman explained. “It was a rough year when it came to my physicality and how I felt. It’s tough boys.”

“This is the time where you self-reflect and you evaluate and you self-scout yourself throughout all of last year and you really go in and develop a formula and develop a game-plan for how you’re going to attack the offseason and that is the process I am in right now.”

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The veteran receiver still has a year left on his contract with the Patriots, which he signed in 2019.