New England Patriots

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talk during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman may not be joining Tom Brady in Tampa, but he still got a farewell note from his former quarterback. A few hours after Edelman announced his retirement on Monday, Brady responded with a message on Instagram.

“I am so happy for you and your family,” Brady wrote, alongside a picture of the two after Super Bowl LIII. “You had an amazing football journey, an amazing life journey in New England, and I have no doubt you will succeed in anything you choose to do next!”

Edelman was Brady’s primary target for the majority of his career, which is saying something given just how long Brady has played. He caught 1,036 passes from Brady during his career, 122 more than the next closest target Rob Gronkowski, and 167 more than the next closest receiver, Wes Welker.

In the brief window between the news Edelman’s contract had been terminated and his formal retirement announcement, many speculated he would sign with the Buccaneers to give it one last go with Brady. However it appears we’ve seen the last of that duo, which should leave the rest of the NFL breathing a sigh of relief.

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