By Bill Speros | | 3 mins
Julian Edelman Bets $100,000 On Patriots & Bucs Reaching Super Bowl
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Former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who retired before the 2021 season under the moniker “Foxboro Forever,” has wagered $100,000 on a Super Bowl 56 showdown between his former team and his former quarterback.
Edelman wagered $50,000 on the Patriots to win the AFC championship and $50,000 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to repeat as NFC champions through WynnBET. Edelman played his entire career in New England. Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski won three Super Bowl rings with Edelman while they were together on the Patriots.
The wager was shared by Edelman on social media and its legitimacy was confirmed to Bookies.com by a WynnBET source.
Wynnbet paid me 100g’s for some social media. I’ll take 545 instead 💸 pic.twitter.com/IRBNwwUjOF— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) January 11, 2022
Edelman got +750 NFL odds on the Patriots to win their first AFC title since the 2018 season. That year, New England beat Kansas City in overtime to punch a ticket to Super Bowl 53. The Buccaneers are +340 on the NFL futures market to return to the Super Bowl out of the NFC. Edelman will clear $445,000 on his sports betting app if both wagers cash.
WynnBET said Edelman was referred to the box by a "VIP host" and was all too happy to take his action, regardless of the outcome. No one at the site would comment on whether or not Edelman received “100g’s for some social media.”
After taking Edelman's wager, the Patriots slid to +650 and the Buccaneers ebbed to +300 at WynnBET.
’Foxboro Forever’ Meets Tampa Bay Tom
The wager is telling in how Edelman’s loyalties remain torn between the lone NFL team on which he played and his long-time friends and teammates in Brady and Gronkowski. When the Patriots played the Buccaneers in Week 4 this season in Foxboro, Edelman likened the matchup to being the child of a divorce.
In November, Edelman told the Manning Brothers' ESPN Monday Night Football cast that Brady tried to recruit him to the Buccaneers after moving to Tampa Bay before the 2020 season. Edelman was still under contract to the Patriots at the time.
"(Tom) hit me up the first day he signed there, like, 'You wanna come down?'" Edelman said of a potential reunion in Tampa Bay. "I was like, 'Absolutely not.'"
In December, Edelman hinted that he and Brady “have a beef right now” during an episode of “Inside the NFL” but would not go into details. At that time, Edelman did not like the Buccaneers' chances.
“Nah, I don’t think they’re gonna repeat this year,” Edelman said two weeks ago. “I mean, I think the team is getting depleted right now.”
Whatever his “beef” was or is with Brady, it certainly did not affect his NFL betting decisions.