Julian Edelman dismisses idea of joining Tom Brady on Bucs

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Edelman dismisses idea of joining Brady on Bucs originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Julian Edelman's retirement announcement was met with a fair amount of speculation and skepticism, and rightfully so.

After all, New England Patriots fans already watched their former tight end Rob Gronkowski unretire to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Why wouldn't Edelman, Brady's favorite target for 10 seasons in New England, do the same?

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Gronkowski added fuel to the fire by giving a "69 percent chance" of Edelman reuniting with his former teammates on the Bucs. Brady piled on by saying Edelman "didn't retire" and was "just too scared to tell Bill [Belichick] he wants to come to Tampa."

Edelman seemingly put an end to the Tampa talk in a recent episode of The Michael Irvin Podcast. The 34-year-old called himself a "one-team guy" and made it clear he's at peace with his decision to leave the game.

“My knees breaking down, I’m not gonna sit here, you know, I got everything I wanted," Edelman said. "I got three rings, played in a magical dynasty, with an unbelievable franchise coach, best quarterback of all time, like, yo, I’m not a greedy guy. I played to win, I played to compete, I don’t need anything else to prove. I’m good with what I did, I left it all out on the field.”

That's the second time Edelman has gone out of his way to shut down the Bucs rumors. Unlike Gronkowski, who always left the door ajar for a possible NFL return, Edelman isn't entertaining the idea of an eventual comeback.

Edelman already has taken the first step of his post-NFL career. The three-time Super Bowl champion is set to join the "Inside the NFL" panel as an analyst this fall.