Brady Says Goodbye To The Patriots

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Tom Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time. He announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that “my football journey will take place elsewhere.”

“Our team set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that,” he added in a separate statement addressed to his teammates and coaches. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.”

FOREVER A PATRIOT pic.twitter.com/QSBOJBs4uy

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 17, 2020

LOVE YOU PATS NATION pic.twitter.com/lxSQZmnjPL

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 17, 2020

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ESPN:

Tom Brady said goodbye to the New England Patriots in a series of posts on Instagram on Tuesday, ending his 20-year run with the only NFL team he has ever known.

Brady did not say which team he will sign with for the 2020 season, but he did indicate he was leaving. He officially hits the league’s open market Wednesday but could reach agreement with another team Tuesday, when players and clubs can negotiate deals.

A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Brady has not yet made a decision on where he will play and will be exploring his options. Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht acknowledged to Schefter that he has interest in Brady and said that the two sides spoke Monday. He said there has been no conversation Tuesday and there is no deal in place.

“We’re waiting to see what Tom decides just like everybody else,” Licht said.

What Brady has decided for sure is that he’s moving on.

“Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments,” he wrote on Instagram. More

Twitter had a variety of responses:

SEE YOU LATER pic.twitter.com/K7LUysJOPE

— Broken Jahad (@mayers_jahad) March 17, 2020

Um, how about, “I know you have more important things on your mind than me at this time of national crisis, when our focus should be on the safety of our communities and on supporting our health care providers, but I wanted to let you know that…. “

— Dan Fagin (@danfagin) March 17, 2020

Tim, I am appalled at your lack of loyalty and am shaking with rage. I’m a youth football coaching legend, and when a player once hinted he wanted to play for another team, I got father fired by falsely accusing him of drinking on the job

— Three Year Letterman (@3YearLetterman) March 17, 2020

Patriots Nation’s gotta be feeling pretty deflated right about now.

— Chris Dixon (@cdixon25) March 17, 2020

Read the room, Tom. Now isn’t the time for your hyperbolic posts.

— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) March 17, 2020

Pats fans who don’t accept this pic.twitter.com/zJPbphFjW1

— Jrue Brēēz 💭 (@SeaOfCowards) March 17, 2020

Wow. Just wow. Literally about to cry at work. I’m heartbroken.

— Derrick Corriveau 🇫🇷 (@dcorriveau89) March 17, 2020

Gonna miss you brother!!! All the best & supporting you no matter where you land! Thanks for everything 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆#PatriotsNation pic.twitter.com/k4N5g1ZnMh

— Thunder (@RealThunder402) March 17, 2020

Thank you Tom for making this lifelong @Patriots fan believe we could actual win and then winning time and time again. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it at Gillette and for these two experiences at SB49 and SB51. pic.twitter.com/4xp6IKrvE8

— Anthony Curtis (@AnthonyCurtis68) March 17, 2020

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