Julian Edelman was Almost a Packer

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Julian Edelman

If things would have played out only slightly different, New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman would have been Green Bay Packers receiver Julian Edelman.

Edelman, who was a quarterback at Kent State, told NFL Network on Tuesday how he had planned to sign with the Packers as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 draft.

The Patriots had worked him out twice prior to the draft, but didn’t bring him in for a pre-draft visit.

“The whole time on draft day, I’m like ‘Well, they didn’t like me, I guess, because they didn’t bring me in for a visit.’ I didn’t know how it went,” Edelman said. “We had like 10 teams call for me to be a priority free agent and so we were thinking of signing with Green Bay if that happened. So I was going to sign with Green Bay. We thought it would be the best [opportunity] for me to make the team.”

The Packers’ history of keeping undrafted free agents on their roster and giving them a chance to contribute is well-documented. Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Evan Dietrich-Smith, LaDarius Gunter, Geronimo Allison, Frank Zombo… and we’re just mentioning some of the guys who have contributed during the Ted Thompson watch.

Edelman would have been a nice addition, although it’s unclear how the Packers intended to use him. The Patriots worked him out as both a running back and a receiver.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know. The Patriots ended up grabbing Edelman in the seventh round at pick 232.

Who did the Packers take in the seventh round of that draft? Colorado linebacker Brad Jones at 218.

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3 Comments on "Julian Edelman was Almost a Packer"

  1. PF4L

    Edelman..7 round…pfftt, big deal. Losers.

    Janis…7th round…. is faster, taller, and he can jump higher and has a higher cone speed.

    • PF4L

      He was a 7th round pick, What did you expect out of him?

      You can’t hate on Jones, what was he supposed to do, quit and tell the coach he’s not good enough?

      The Packers could have cut him anytime……The Packers payed him willingly. Played him willingly, knowing what he was and what he wasn’t.

      You want to hate on someone, hate on the guy who can’t find the right players.

      All Jones is guilty of is going to work and supporting his family.

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