Julian Edelman reveals Tom Brady’s recruiting pitch after QB left Patriots for Bucs

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots may not have been playing on Monday Night Football, but a good chunk of fans probably flipped on the game for a bit.

Not only was Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers going up against the hated Giants, but Julian Edelman was one of the “ManningCast” guests.

Edelman wasn’t exactly as outgoing as some other star receivers during his playing days, but he’s started to show off the sillier side of his personality in retirement.

Fans have already heard several Bill Belichick stories that may not have seen the light of day if he was still playing.

Brady did a great job of stacking this Tampa Bay roster with talent, as he convinced veterans and former teammates like Rob Gronkowski to take cheaper deals to build a championship squad. Edelman, however, was not as enticed by the project.

He claimed Brady gave him a call as soon as he arrived in Tampa to try to get him to sign. Edelman had no interest in playing for a team that wasn’t the Patriots, so he replied “absolutely not.” But Jules, you could’ve had another ring!

Julian Edelman told several funny Patriots stories during Monday Night Football.

Edelman struggled with injuries during the end of his pro career, as he played a full 16 games just once in his final four campaigns. He may have picked up one more ring, but he seemed to know that he was on his last leg in the NFL.

The comedy stylings of Edelman didn’t stop there, however. One of the more interesting Belichick anecdotes that he offered up was that his former head coach would tell players to wear gloves that match the opponent’s jersey to get away with holding calls.

What else? Edelman told another story, revealing that he considered signing with Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin’s Giants in 2013, though he ultimately decided against leaving the Pats. Edelman thanked Peyton Manning for enticing Wes Welker to sign with the Broncos, as No. 11 took on an even bigger role as a receiver.

The former Kent State quarterback’s pivot from a fiery leader on the field to a witty quip machine off of it has been a joy to watch. He and former Pats coach Bill Parcells were the highlights from this week’s ManningCast.

At this point, if Edelman was made a somewhat regular addition, we don’t think too many fans would object.