The NFL’s bizarre offseason took another strange turn.
For a change, it had nothing to do with scandal or political protests.
Now the NFL was taken by surprise after this major retirement.
On Monday night, the New England Patriots terminated the contract of veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman after Edelman failed a physical following Edelman’s offseason knee surgery.
After the Patriots made the roster move Edelman announced his retirement.
“Nothing in my career has ever come easy and no surprise, this isn’t going to be easy either,” Edelman said in a video posted to social media. “I’ve always said, ‘I’ll go until the wheels come off.’ And they finally have fallen off. Due to an injury last year, I’ll be making my official announcement of my retirement from football.”
Edelman played his entire career with the Patriots.
New England selected Edelman in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft and Edelman became one of those Cinderella late round draft pick stories.
Edelman became one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets, ending up second all time for receptions and fourth all time in receiving yards for the Patriots.
Edelman also played in five Super Bowls and won three.
Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick praised Edelman’s accomplishments in a statement following Edelman’s retirement announcement.
“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career — wins, championships, production — Julian has it all,” Belichick’s statement read.
“Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select. It is historic. This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental, and physical toughness and will to excel. Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out.”
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.