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Report: Patriots part ways with Julian Edelman

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Julian Edelman's illustrious New England Patriots career appears to have come to an end.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots terminated the three-time Super Bowl champion's contract on Monday.

ESPN's Mike Reiss adds that the Patriots parting ways with Edelman may be a precursor to a retirement announcement from the 34-year-old wide receiver.

Edelman helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles during his time as Tom Brady's favorite target and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII. In 11 seasons with New England, Edelman has racked up 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns. He trails only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in playoff receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,442). 

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A nagging knee injury that required surgery kept Edelman sidelined for most of the 2020 season. Last week it was reported Edelman's knee issues likely would prevent him from playing the entirety of the 2021 campaign.