Julian Edelman seems to think Sean Payton stole his Zion Williamson joke

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

Julian Edelman seems to think Sean Payton stole his Zion Williamson joke originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

Zion Williamson looks like a football player. At 6-foot-7, 284 pounds, he's certainly built like one.

So, after the New Orleans Pelicans won Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery and the rights to select the Duke superstar, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton chimed in with what he thought was a clever joke.

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Good one, right? Payton recruiting Williamson to play for his city's NFL team?

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Sorry, Sean. That joke has already been used before -- by one Julian Edelman. The New England Patriots wide receiver reminded Payton of his Williamson bit Wednesday.

Edelman did, in fact, try to recruit Williamson to take over for Rob Gronkowski as the Patriots' tight end back on April 24.

Of course, Edelman wasn't the first person to suggest Zion play in the NFL, either. But Payton clearly needs to be punished for his Twitter theft, and there's only one logical solution: The Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to the Boston Celtics as repayment.

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