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    Tom Brady announces he won't re-sign with New England


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    Tom Brady will be taking a historic step in his football career.

    The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and three-time NFL MVP announced Tuesday he will not return to the New England Patriots after a 20-year run with the franchise.

    Brady did not reveal which team he would sign with or anything else about his plans beyond his intention to move on from the organization.

    "To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach (Bill) Belichick, RKK (owner Robert Kraft) and the Kraft family and the entire organization," Brady wrote on a post to his social media channels. "I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. ... Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments."

    Brady, 42, is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career on Wednesday, when the new league year officially begins. The Patriots will incur a $13.5 million dead salary cap charge by not re-signing him.

    In a statement to ESPN, owner Robert Kraft said: "Tommy initiated contact last night & 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."

    Brady's decision ends one of the most prolific pairings of team and player in sports history. A sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2000, he rose from relative anonymity to become the most prominent football figure of his era and one of the greatest players of all time. His numerous records include most Super Bowl victories by a player (six), most Super Bowl MVPs (four), most Super Bowl touchdown passes (18), most Super Bowl passing yards (2,838) and most regular-season wins by a starting quarterback (219).

    He also ranks second in career passing yards (74,571) and touchdowns (541), trailing only Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

    The 2019 season proved to be a challenging one for Brady. Following the retirement of tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots' offense stalled at times, and the team went 4-4 after starting the year 8-0. Brady's 88.0 passer rating was his lowest since 2013.

    Since making his earliest playoff exit in 10 years after the Patriots' wild-card round loss to the Tennessee Titans in January, Brady largely remained cryptic about whether he would actually leave New England. He stirred speculation on social media by posting a photo of him in a stadium, but the post was a teaser for his Super Bowl ad for Hulu.

    “There’s a lot of speculation, a lot of people who don’t have any information,” Brady said on Westwood One radio in February. “I haven’t put too much thought into those things other than understanding the situation I am in, which I knew I was going to be in at the beginning of the year and just taking these things day-by-day. Again, the reality for me is the season didn’t end that long ago. There is still time to decompress a little bit and that will happen and continue to happen after the season. I will take those days as I need them and deal with the different emotions and ultimately when the time comes decide what’s next, that is what I will do.”

    Brady's options in free agency are unclear, though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers are among the notable teams that had been linked to him as possible destinations.

    Several teams, however, already appear to be out of the running. The Tennessee Titans re-signed starter Ryan Tannehill to a four-year, $118 million deal on Sunday. The Las Vegas Raiders, meanwhile, reached a deal with former Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, per reports, giving them a backup behind Derek Carr.

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    Bill Belichick thanks Tom Brady, actually uses 'L word' in goodbye letter

    https://sports.yahoo.com/bill-belich...145445521.html

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    Robert Kraft respects Tom Brady's decision to leave Patriots: 'I love him like a son'

    https://sports.yahoo.com/robert-kraf...151002376.html

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    hell of a 20 years..

    nice work Tom...

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    What Tom Brady's legacy with the Patriots looks like

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...ots-looks-like

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    Finished up exactly 100 games over 500 at Gillette 132-32. 30 playoff victories, 6 Super Bowl wins. He will be signing in Tampa before the end of the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shamrock View Post
    Finished up exactly 100 games over 500 at Gillette 132-32. 30 playoff victories, 6 Super Bowl wins. He will be signing in Tampa before the end of the week.

    Colts are a better fit....

    8 Dome games

    and just a road AFC Championship win at KC or Balt.

    far more bumps in the road in the NFC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    Colts are a better fit....

    8 Dome games
    you are definitely correct with the dome, and Colts OL is rated 8th in the NFL. But they don't have the weapons that Tampa does. And Gisele isn't going to Indianapolis. Tampa has Evans, Godwin, and Perriman. OJ Howard and Brate at TE, and a OL that ranks number 10 in the NFL. The GM at Tampa had 2 different stints with the patriots, they are plugged in. 3 years 90+ million.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shamrock View Post
    you are definitely correct with the dome, and Colts OL is rated 8th in the NFL. But they don't have the weapons that Tampa does. And Gisele isn't going to Indianapolis. Tampa has Evans, Godwin, and Perriman. OJ Howard and Brate at TE, and a OL that ranks number 10 in the NFL. The GM at Tampa had 2 different stints with the patriots, they are plugged in. 3 years 90+ million.
    If someone wants to give that old man 3 years all paid he would be a fool not to sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    If someone wants to give that old man 3 years all paid he would be a fool not to sign.
    old man did pretty well with absolutely nothing of an offense around him last season. He will win next year, I'd put money on it.
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    Oddsmakers: Stidham to start in New England, Brady to Bucs

    https://www.lindyssports.com/nfl/new...o-bucs/504905/

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    Tom Brady reportedly has agreement to join Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    https://sports.yahoo.com/tom-brady-r...230459347.html

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    Grading Tom Brady's move to the Bucs: The facts, fiction and fit for the GOAT in Tampa

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...fit-goat-tampa

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    Patriots have a brutal schedule next season, they will struggle to win 4 games. The oldest team in the league, they have absolutely nothing on the offensive side of the ball. And have already lost Shelton, Collins, and Van Noy on the defensive side of the ball, 3 starters. Because of his incredibly poor drafting over the last 6 years, Belichick has had to continually backfill his roster with free agents to keep them competitive with not much cap room they are not positioned very well at all.
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    Pats win 4 games have worst record and draft Trevor Lawrence. A couple years later Pats are back. Lawrence loses SB to Brady in his final season. Lawrence and the evil genius then gets 2 or 3 SB's together. Falcons kick me in the nuts the whole time.
    Lack of will power has caused many more failures than lack of intelligence or ability.

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    Tom Brady announces official contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 'new football journey'
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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...cy/2882865001/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    Tom Brady announces official contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 'new football journey'
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    told you he would sign Friday with the Buc's
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    Quote Originally Posted by shamrock View Post
    Patriots have a brutal schedule next season, they will struggle to win 4 games. The oldest team in the league, they have absolutely nothing on the offensive side of the ball. And have already lost Shelton, Collins, and Van Noy on the defensive side of the ball, 3 starters. Because of his incredibly poor drafting over the last 6 years, Belichick has had to continually backfill his roster with free agents to keep them competitive with not much cap room they are not positioned very well at all.
    Harmon (nickel safety) to Detroit. Karras to Miami, started every game at center last season. Team still has absolutely no tight end. People who've been waiting for the fall of New England, you have it next season, this team as constituted could be the worst in the AFC East.
    " if they are going to pay me $30, 000 a year, I figure the very least I can do is hit .400"
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