Tom Brady Is Leaving the New England Patriots, NFL Future Unclear

Brady shared the news on his official Twitter account

Breaking: Tom Brady Is Leaving the Patriots
Tom Brady looks on during a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. (Maddie Meyer/Getty)
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We don’t know where he is going yet, but Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots.

The 42-year-old quarterback shared the news on Twitter, thanking Patriots fans and the New England region for all their love and support over the last two decades. The future Hall-of-Famer wrote “I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you,” going on to say that “my football journey will take place elsewhere.”

Of course, with the way the statement is worded, it does seem possible Brady could retire.

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However, that seems unlikely and it does sound as if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who became the odds-on favorites to sign Brady yesterday, have a good shot at signing the veteran quarterback.

Yesterday, the Bucs reportedly offered Brady more than $30 million annually, as did the Chargers.

Interestingly, it appears Brady may not have made up his mind about where he’s going next but only knows that he does not want to return to the Patriots.

According to ESPN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft learned Brady would be leaving from the quarterback himself. (Social distancing?)

“Tommy initiated contact last night and came over,” Kraft to ESPN. 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.”

The team and Bill Belichick also released statements about Brady leaving the team.

The situation may change, but Patriots insider Tom E. Curran, who has been tight with both Brady and Belichick over the years, reports no more official news is expected today.

Regardless of where he goes or what he does next, the six-time Super Bowl champ’s tenure in New England ends with a pick-6.

On the New England side of things, the Patriots will move forward with second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham or sign someone in free agency.

They could also attempt to add a quarterback via trade, with Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton being an option and someone Belichick has had his eye on.

More to come.

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