Did Julian Edelman retire because he was afraid to tell Bill Belichick he wanted to go to Tampa Bay with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski?

Tom Brady laid the groundwork for that conspiracy during an NFL Network Zoom call that featured him, Edelman, Kevin Hart, Deion Sanders and a few others.

“We know Julian didn’t retire,” Brady said. “Let’s be honest, he’s just too scared to tell Bill (Belichick) he wants to come to Tampa.”