FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady, the centerpiece of the New England Patriots dynasty for the past two decades, will be leaving the only team he played for in the pro.
The six-time Super Bowl winner, 42, posted on social networks “my football adventure will continue elsewhere”.
These comments are the first to indicate that the most successful player in NFL history could leave New England. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has indicated that all signs are pointing to a signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says it’s a tentative deal that would earn him $ 30 million a year. The duration of the contract has not yet been launched.
In a two-part message, Brady thanked the Patriots and fans and said “FOREVER A PATRIOT”.
“I don’t know what my future in football has in store for me, but it’s time for me to open a new stage in my life and in my career,” he writes. Even though my football adventure continues elsewhere, I appreciate all that we have accomplished and I am grateful to have had such incredible “TEAM” experiences. “
The one-year contract Brady signed before last season ends Wednesday afternoon and his agent could negotiate a deal with another team as early as Tuesday, though that can’t be formalized. He could still strike a new deal with the Patriots, but his Instagram post suggests that is unlikely.
Four-time Super Bowl MVP and three-time league MVP, Brady was the face of the Patriots for two decades during a period that added a new chapter to Boston’s rich sporting history.
Only Bill Russell, who won 11 NBA championship rings in the 1950s and 1960s with the Celtics, won more titles as a member of one of New England’s big four professional sports teams.
Brady would become the league’s oldest starting quarterback at 43 at the start of next season. He has also probably just had his worst season. He totaled 4,057 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in 2019, falling victim to eight interceptions. But he’s completed less than 56 percent of his passes six times in the last eight games of the year, including a late-season loss to the Miami Dolphins that cost the Patriots a pass to the first round of the playoffs.
Brady’s career with the Pats in numbers
The Patriots lost at home to the Tennessee Titans in the first round, Brady’s earliest elimination in 10 years, and quite possibly his last game in the Patriots uniform.
Brady had a one-year contract for 2019 that earned him US $ 23 million, placing him 10th among starting quarterbacks. It was Brady’s last renegotiation to help the Patriots meet their salary cap.
The big boss who makes the decisions regarding player personnel, Coach Bill Belichick did not hesitate to let go of players who he said were no longer at the top or looking for contracts that exceeded their value. at their age. Belichick cut ties with players much younger than Brady during his time in New England.
But Belichick also admitted in January that Brady was a special case.
“Everyone’s situation is different,” said Belichick. Certainly, Tom is an emblematic figure of this organization. And no one respects Tom more than me. “
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— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 17, 2020
“Brady was the best when it mattered”