After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, arguably the greatest quarterback ever to play this game announced he is parting ways with the team, he built his career with over the years in the NFL. This decision comes as a shock to the franchise as they expected him to renew his contract and possibly make up his mind to retire with the team.
QB Tom Brady says goodbye to the New England Patriots with a post on Instagram
The professional QB Tom Brady took to Instagram with a series of posts on Tuesday, which revealed that he was ending his 20 years old career with the Patriots, the only football league team he has ever known.
However, Brady did not make mention of the team he would be signing with for the 2020 season, but he made it clear that he was leaving the New England Patriots and moving. He is set to hit the NFL’s open market officially by Wednesday but will most likely reach an agreement with a new team by Tuesday when clubs and players can negotiate deals.
A credible NFL source told reporter Adam Schefter of ESPN that Tom Brady has not yet decided on where he would be playing next and that he is still exploring his options. Brady said, “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments,”
Forty-two years old Tom Brady leaves the Patriots with 41 playoff starts and six super bowl rings since 2001. Earlier, Brady had occasionally said that one of his goals was to keep playing till he was 45. Still, unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in coming to a contract extension agreement with the New England Patriots last offseason.
This provided Brady with the window of opportunity to try out other options. At the same time, he was a free agent, and in 2019 he showed some signs of frustration at times while the New England Patriots were defeated in the wild-card round of the playoffs because they were offensively challenged, Brady made it clear to Westwood One radio that he was “open-minded about the process.”
New England owner Robert Kraft told NBC sports that he had hopes that Tom Brady would play for the New England Patriots or retire. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and Tom Brady since 2001 have been more like the three pillars of the team’s unprecedented run of success.
After Tom Brady took to Instagram to say his goodbyes to the Team, Kraft reached out to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss to make a statement. He said, “Tommy initiated contact last night and came over. We had a positive, respectful discussion. It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest. After 20 years with us, he has earned that right. I love him like a son.”
Shortly after Brady’s post, the Patriots also released a statement from owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick. Coach Belichick, among the comments, said, “Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect, and appreciation. Tom’s success as a player and his character as a person are exceptional.” According to him, it was a privilege to have coached Tom Brady for the last 20 years.
Kraft later added, “While sad today, the overwhelming feeling I have is an appreciation for his countless contributions to our team and community.”
Tom Brady’s Achievements
Here is a list of remarkable achievements Quarterback Tom Brady will be remembered for;
- Tom Brady will go down in history as the first 42 years old quarterback ever to start every game in a regular season.
- Four Super Bowl MVP awards
- Fifteen Super bowl records
- He led New England to 12 regular-season wins 13 times.
- A record 17 division championship
- In 2007, 2010, and 2017 he bagged three NFL Most Valuable Player Awards, which places him in a tie with Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas, and Jim Brown.
Who replaces Brady?
Because of salary cap constraints, it would be tough to replace QB Tom Brady. Brady reaching free agency would leave the team with $31.5 million in dead money that came from his contract in 2019, regardless of him being on another side.
QB Tom Brady will be replaced by 23-year-old Jarrett Stidham, who appeared in three games last season.