At 34 years old and only being able to play in six games this past season following knee surgery in October, some have speculated it could be the end of Julian Edelman's career.
Appearing on Pardon My Take, the hosts wanted him to make it known that he isn't retiring.
“What are you talking about?" he said. "Right now we’re being a dad right now and we’re sitting back training, getting our body right for the next year and it’s a time to get away from football right now. It was a long, crazy year.”
Edelman added: “I don’t know. We’re not there yet. 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're] talking about.”
The wide receiver recorded 21 catches for 315 yards in those six games this past year.
Edelman returned to practice for one week in Week 15, but ultimately did not get activated for the game. And then when the Patriots fell to the Dolphins to be eliminated from playoff contention, Edelman shut it down for the year.
So, how is he feeling now?
“I am getting there, man," he said. "It was a rough year when it came to my physicality and how I felt. It’s tough boys. It’s tough. 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 gameplan for how you’re going to attack the offseason and that is the process I am in right now.”
Edelman has one more year left on his contract with the Patriots.