Bill Simmons Suggests WR Julian Edelman Is Heading to Detroit
Appearing on Colin Cowherd's nationally syndicated Fox Sports Radio program "The Herd" Wednesday, The Ringer's Bill Simmons suggested that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman could be on his way to the Motor City.
Cowherd seemed to give the Edelman rumor some level of merit when he replied, "It's talked about."
Edelman is turning 34, and is in the final year of his deal with the Patriots.
In 2019, he secured 1,117 yards receiving and six touchdowns -- indicating to many that he still has a lot left in the tank.
Edelman could yield the Patriots an additional draft pick or two in this April's draft.
Moving on from Edelman would provide receivers like Jakobi Meyers and N'Keal Harry with more playing time in New England.
Simmons does have connections to several Boston sports teams, but there has not been significant discussion anywhere else about Edelman being traded to the Lions.
With the Patriots moving on from several veterans this offseason -- including longtime franchise passer Tom Brady -- it wouldn’t shock many if New England head man and de facto general manager Bill Belichick made Edelman available for the right offer.
A trade with the Lions doesn't currently make sense, since Edelman has a dead-cap hit of $8.3 million for 2020.
If Edelman is indeed dealt, a more suitable trade partner would be Brady's new employer in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For now, hold off on the thought of Edelman coming to Detroit.