You might not believe it, but the GOAT will not be returning to the New England Patriots. The news broke this morning as Tom Brady released a heart-felt statement informing the world he is starting a new chapter in his legendary career.
In two separate tweets, Brady sincerely thanked the Patriots organization and his beloved fans. The six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback had this to say:
Two teams have emerged as the favorites to land the future HOF quarterback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Chargers. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that both teams have made significant offers, believed to be in the $30 million per season range. A bump from his home-town discount in New England.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brady has not decided his next destination and will explore his options in free agency. Because of the extension signed last offseason that contained two void years, the Patriots will carry a $13.5-million dead-money cap hit in 2020.
The 43-year-old ex-Patriot lead by example for the past 20 years with an unprecedented successful stretch. Taken in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, Brady was awarded Super Bowl MVP in four of the Patriots’ six championships, and NFL MVP in 2007, 2010, and 2017. Brady also made the Pro Bowl on 14 different occasions.
The Belichick led Patriots will now look to replace the HOF quarterback, either through the draft of free agency. Journeyman Cody Kessler and their 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham remain the only quarterback options on the team as of now.