News broke today that rocked Patriots nation. The entire fan base was expecting this to come before the start of the season, however, no New England fan was actually prepared for this to happen. On Monday, April 12th, 2020 the New England Patriots terminated the contract of WR Julian Edelman according to the league transaction wire. After 12 years in the league there is only one question that remains regarding his career: should Julian Edelman get into the NFL Hall of Fame?
Edelman was terminated due to his failure to pass a physical. His 12 year career comes to and end in the exact fashion he wanted it to. As he said in his retirement video, he wanted to play until the wheels fell off, and they came off. One year after Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski took their talents south, the third biggest name the Patriots had for a long span has found his way out of the NFL.
The New England Patriots originally drafted the Kent St. product with the 232rd pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The Patriots drafted the former college QB and transitioned him to the WR role where he excelled throughout his career. Scouting reports spoke very highly of him and some even said he could be taken off the board in the fifth round. In his rookie season he had 37 receptions for 359 yards and 1 touchdown.
Julian Edleman’s final regular season career stats read as follows: 620 receptions, 6,822 yards, and 36 touchdowns. He broke the 100 receptions in a season mark in 2013 and 2019. In 2013, 2016, and 2019 he caught over 1,000 yards. With that kind of production it didn’t take him long to become Tom Brady’s favorite target.
The Patriots won the Super Bowl three times with Julian Edelman on the team. In Super Bowl XLIX the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a game where Edelman caught 9 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. In the Super Bowl LI comeback victory where the Patriots won 34-28 in overtime over the Atlanta Falcons, after making one of the greatest catches in NFL history in the fourth quarter, he would finish the game with 5 receptions for 87 yards. In Super Bowl LIII when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3, he finished with 10 receptions for 141 yards.
Edleman was on the roster for both of the Super Bowl losses in his era. Both Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants and Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles and he did not play due to injury. The Patriots are undefeated when Edelman plays in the Super Bowl.
In his 19 total career playoff games he had 118 receptions for 1,442 yards and 5 touchdowns. He ranks second all time in playoff yardage and receptions only behind Jerry Rice who had 151 receptions for 2,245 yards in his playoff career. To the naked eye, his playoff stats should be enough to get him into the Hall. However, when you look at his regular season production, it doesn’t quite add up as well. The Hall of Fame is subjective to every person who looks at it and many people will say he should or shouldn’t.
SHOULD JULIAN EDELMAN GET INTO THE NFL HALL OF FAME: YES
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