Skyler Carlin of Clutch Point Wrote an article reporting that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman had unfollowed Tom Brady on Instagram after Gronkowski Trade.
Carlin wrote "Of course, in today’s society, everyone ran to social media to see the reactions from the Gronkowski trade. Amid the reactions, some people found out that Edelman no longer followed Brady on Instagram. However, the veteran wide receiver would follow Brady back, likely after seeing the reaction it stirred from fans."
This was a message to the sports world that he was not joined at Brady's hip. Immediately after the trade, people starting talking about sending Edelman to Tampa Bay. Edelman was not having it. Edelman did not want to start any drama or cause any distractions so he later followed Brady.
When Brady signed with the Buccaneers, there was a lot of buzz that Edelman would be traded to Tampa. Edelman's response on Instagram was short and to the point. "Foxborough forever". In just two words, Edelman shutdown the trade talk.
Now with Gronkowski coming out of retirement to play with Brady, fans have started the Edelman to Tampa talk again. They don't care that Edelman doesn't want to go, they just want to see him play with Tom.
Edelman did the only thing he could do to deliver a message loud and clear. He unfollowed Brady. However, fans were immediately outraged that he would cut the umbilical cord. It was like Patriots nation was saying "how dear you want to be a Patriot, when you could be catching passes from the goat." While Edelman has spoken, it's doubtful this will silence trade rumors. Some people just can't handle change or let things go. They definitely can't handle Edelman telling them No!