Tom Brady announces that he’s officially leaving the New England Patriots

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady plays against the NY Jets at the Giants Stadium

Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots. Considering all sports have been cancelled or suspended for the foreseeable future, this is big news. It was always going to be big news, but I would imagine that ESPN and the Boston media will spin this out for two full weeks. So why not us too? Personally, I believed the writing was on the wall for some time. While Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft are very tight, the Patriots as an organization had started to plan their post-Brady team. Brady is now a free agent, and while he made some noise about wanting to stay in Boston, it must have been clear to him (for some time) that the Pats didn’t want to sign another contract with him. He’s selling his Brookline mansion too. And now he’s saying goodbye with several social media posts:

If you want to see some white bros cry salty tears, just check out the comments on either of those posts. I mean… I don’t blame Brady or the Patriots, to a certain extent. I feel the same way about Brady as I feel about Roger Federer – I think they’re too old to still be doing this sh-t, but I’m not going to tell them they should stop, especially because they’re still enjoying themselves and honestly, they’re still better than most of the younger players too. The Patriots have every right to build their post-Brady team and look after the long-term interests of the franchise. Just as Tom has every right to keep playing if he wants to.

As for Brady’s free agency, several teams want him:

Tom Brady plays football with his sons at the Harvard University Best Buddies event

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams

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  1. megs283 says:

    See ya, Tom! It’s been a good run.

    • Kateeee says:

      Yep! Great player. Thanks for the championships but well past time for everyone to move on. Good luck wherever you land, sir.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    If I were him, I would just retire as a Patriot, Rather than have the end of the career fizzle out on a weak team.
    And thank his lucky stars he’s able to leave in good health.

    • cf86713 says:

      His ego won’t let him it will end in two ways..

      A team will not sign him or we watch him fall apart like Johnny Unitas did in his last season in the league…


    • whatWHAT? says:

      ditto to both of you, but he’ll pull a Favre because – EGO.

  3. Catwoman says:

    Who really gives a rat’s ass? Sure, it’s all about you right now, Tom.

    • Jennifer says:

      Best comment. Crying laughing over here.

    • Kateeee says:

      Yeah it seems totally quaint now that around Boston, this had been a top story for weeks. The world would surely end without Tom. Doesn’t matter a fig these days!

  4. Eliza_ says:

    He sold his house in MA and bought one in Greenwich, CT – 3.5 hours drive away. I mean even if they offered him money it would probably be year to year. I still see him on a NY team for a record of all record breaking salary.

  5. Sunny says:

    The Bucs reportedly offered him $30 million or more. That’s a mistake. He needs players to throw to and to block and run the ball too

    They could pay me $30 million and win the same amount of games 🙂

    • holly hobby says:

      They should not be mortgage their entire future on someone with a limited shelf life. Better off with college draft and good linemen and wide receivers.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, this. he won’t have the same support he did in NE.


    I misunderstood this headline as he was finally retiring, which may be his best move.

  7. Other Renee says:

    Are they still in Costa Rica on a family vacation where Giselle is being papped on a beach while saying “We’re all in this together?” Buh bye, Tom.

  8. Madi says:

    Well, this is not the news I wanted to see today. So sad. It’s been a good run, Tom. I can’t imagine the Patriots without him. 🙁

    • Swack says:

      Legit question because I don’t follow football – do the Patriots have a decent backup QB to replace him?

  9. Writermarie says:

    I was kinda hoping he wouldn’t try to be like Michael Jordan, and Brett Favre. They both waited to retire and played on other teams (not very well either)… just throw in the towel, Ya done!

  10. Tiffany says:

    Of course he wants to go Hollywood, but I don’t see it long term. Dude just has no charisma or much of a personality.

  11. Lindy says:

    Cheating cheater. Should retire while he’s ahead.

  12. Ann says:

    He should retire. It’s not like Roger Federer because Federer isn’t playing a sport that causes brain damage. TB has young kids and his wife has expressed concern about concussions. He should get out now and enjoy his legacy status while keeping his cognitive abilities intact. Another couple years at his age in this sport could be highly consequential.

  13. girl_ninja says:

    He disappointed me with his politics but not with his game.

  14. vertes says:

    I wish he’d retire. He’s at the top of the game & as good as he is, his body won’t hold up forever. If he goes to a team without a great offensive line, he’s likely to get more frequent or more serious injuries than in the past.

  15. Meg says:

    So many athletes moving into that producing etc in Hollywood after they retire. Lebron is playing in LA to transition into that after he retires, kobe was doing it before he was killed. Hollywood seems to be courting guys like this

  16. Meg says:

    So many athletes moving into that producing etc in Hollywood after they retire. Lebron is playing in LA to transition into that after he retires, kobe was doing it before he was killed. Hollywood seems to be courting guys like this

  17. Kaylah says:

    Why is he not retring? He will most likely never recapture the glory days he had with the Pats so why not end it now that the applause is loud? Why go to another team and play terribly and then eventually be forced to retire through injury. He’s in his 40s, he should let be in the NFL as a player go.

  18. Jekelly says:

    Honestly I’m not upset, And I’m from MA. I’m sick of his disgusting fake health stuff and it’s time to move on.

  19. Amelie says:

    In light of all that’s happening in the world at large, I really don’t care lol (also I never watch football). We all knew he was leaving the Pats, the rumors have been swirling for months. This is just official confirmation of what we already knew. I can’t say I would find any of this interesting even if we weren’t under siege with the coronavirus as I don’t find Tom Brady remotely interesting. The only people who are mourning are die hard Pats fans who are obsessed with Tom Brady (so mostly white dude bros?).

    But I always predicted Tom Brady would not stop playing football until he was dragged away kicking and screaming. It will take a career ending injury or him getting sidelined constantly in whatever team he decides to join next for him to realize his glory days are over. We’ve seen this play out time and time again with athletes who refused to retire until it was impossible to ignore that their physical ability had deteriorated. I just feel like him moving to LA to join the Chargers makes more sense with the whole Hollywood scene (perfect for Gisele) and he is originally from California so I’m assuming he probably still has family still out there.

  20. K. Tate says:

    He is NOT easy on the eyes…