Former National Football League player Julian Edelman, 36, was born in Redwood City, California, United States. As a wide receiver, he played for the New England Patriots from 2009 to 2020.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Bill Belichick, 70, has been the head coach of the new England Patriots since 2000. Also a wide receiver, The Woodlands, Texas, USA native Danny Amendola, 27, played for the team from 2013 to 2017.
After the New England Patriots signed Amendola in 2013, Edelman considered leaving the team. The Redwood City native revealed this in the documentary “Julian Edelman: A Football Life“.
According to Edelman, he was hurt because he did everything Belichick said, gave four years of his life and then the New England Patriots signed Amendola to a five-year, $28.5 million contract to replace Wes Welker, 41. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, Welker played for the team from 2007 to 2012.
“I’m not going to lie,” Edelman confessed. “I was pissed off. I was like, ‘Dude, you’re coming to take my keys to the Cadillac? Dog, what’s going on? I’m over here on a minimum deal.’ This guy’s getting $34 mil?”
Edelman believed he deserved to succeed Welker more than Amendola. When Edelman visited the New York Giants, he was offered a contract, which was more lucrative than the one offered by the New England Patriots.
However, Edelman decided to stay with the New England Patriots because of Tom Brady, 45. Born in San Mateo, California, the latter played for the team from 2000 to 2019.
“I know how hard it is for receivers to gain the trust of Tom Brady and we had a connection,” Edelman shared. “If I’m going to go out and sign a one-year deal, do I want to go sign a one-year deal with a completely new team that knows nothing about me?”
“I ultimately decided to sign a one-year deal with the Patriots,” Edelman continued. “I think it was league minimum with incentives so I signed that out in 2013 and went into the year.”
“Julian Edelman: A Football Life” will premiere on NFL Network on November 25, 2022. Meanwhile, here is Brady praising Edelman’s talent: