That much is clear from his newfound role as “designated Patriots homer/rep” on Inside the NFL, which was foreshadowed by the way he left the league behind. To announce his retirement, Edelman positioned himself on the field at Gillette Stadium to welcome the next opportunity.
No matter how frustrated he gets with an uncharacteristic defensive lapse or poorly-timed turnover, he’ll always bleed blue and red — well, every human on earth does, but we’re referring to the specific shades.
In case you needed another reminder of how deep this all goes, Edelman revealed his fantasy team name this week on Twitter, and it included a little nod to the Patriots’ secret sauce.
Edelman wasn’t the only key Patriot to announce his departure in the post-Tom Brady era. This is also going to be the final season for Ernie Adams, the man responsible for … well, he had a hand in … ok, what is his job, exactly?
That mystery may never be solved, but Edelman certainly tried to imbue a little of Adams’ trademark good luck on his fantasy roster with a clear hat tip.
Former Patriots WR Julian Edelman picked the perfect fantasy team name.
Much like Adams himself, we’re … not sure exactly what this fantasy team does, exactly.
Ronald Jones and Nyheim Hines in the backfield? That’s not going to cut it.
What’s most important is the optics and branding, though, and Edelman nailed both of those with his team name. Surely his buddies got a chuckle from it as they were preparing to take a hefty chunk of his money and dole it out to someone else as the prize.
Who do we think is in this league with Edelman? Only retired Patriots? Tedy Bruschi and Randy Moss huddling up on the ESPN set to figure out a way to steal Edelman’s very few good players in lopsided trades? Can active NFLers, in good conscience, play fantasy?
Or maybe it’s just Edelman’s Kent State buddies, and they don’t understand the name even a little bit. That’d be a drag.
Regardless, at this point, the real life Ernie Adams has a far greater chance of making the playoffs when the dust settles this season, and that’s the way it oughta be.