Buccaneers fans are holding onto hope that Tom Brady will recruit Julian Edelman out of retirement.
On Friday, Brady seemingly planted the seed during an Instagram exchange with his former Patriots teammate, who initially joked about the NFL’s newly approved jersey number rule.
“@tombrady 12 is so 2001, pi is eternal, just like you buddy,” Edelman wrote over a photoshopped image of Brady in his Bucs uniform wearing “π” as his number.
Brady, who loudly expressed his disdain for the NFL’s revised jersey number rule on Wednesday, replied: “Now that you are a free agent @edelman11, are you buttering me up??” He added a curious-face emoji.
Edelman, who’s aware of Brady’s pre-dominantly plant-based, health conscious lifestyle, was surprised to see the star quarterback mention butter.
“Isn’t that a problem on the @Tb12 method?,” Edelman replied, referencing Brady’s TB12 brand — a guide to his science-based fitness, health and nutrition principles.
“I’m avocado oiling you up bubs,” Edelman joked.
That was enough to get Bucs fans excited over a potential Brady-Edelman reunion.
One fan noted that “it’s totally possible” since Brady played a pivotal role in recruiting Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski out of retirement to join him on the Bucs. The move ultimately led to the Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl 55 victory over the Chiefs in February.
Gronkowski initially retired as a Patriot in March 2019. He later decided to return to the field and was traded to the Buccaneers in April 2020 and reunited with Brady.
Edelman, who helped New England win three championships and was the MVP of Super Bowl 53, announced his retirement in a video posted to social media on April 12.
Edelman was limited to six games last season because of a chronic knee injury, which ultimately led to his decision to retire. He later confirmed the next chapter in his career as an analyst on “Inside the NFL.”
Following the announcement, Brady took to social media to reminisce on his days with his longtime receiver.
“On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through,” Brady tweeted. “You never lost that chip on your shoulder and you never let anyone define you as a person or player. I’m proud of you Jules. Love you.”
Edelman, who turns 35 in May, spent his entire 12-year career with the Patriots, playing alongside Brady.
While the two were likely joking, Bucs fans are convinced Brady can make it happen.