Brady: "I Want to Show Everybody What I Got"

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He was a sixth-round draft choice, a six-time Super Bowl champion and will forever be an iconic figure in Boston sports.  Tom Brady spent 20 years in Foxboro building a resume that arguably will never be seen again.  Brady was the underdog, a player that shouldn’t have even been there but he poured his heart and soul into preparation to be ready every Sunday. 


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When the Buccaneers signed the veteran quarterback the dynasty was officially over.  The Patriots run of the last twenty-years, which will never be matched, is now just a memory.  The memories Patriots fans will have from the Brady era in New England will be cherished for the rest of our lives. 

Brady wanted a change, Bill Belichick wanted a change, both men wanted a fresh start and begin to turn the page and focus on their future.  Brady will now lead the Buccaneers and bring relevance to Tampa Bay, and Belichick is ready to build the next run of great Patriots teams. 

Every player wants a legacy, they want a narrative that will define who they were while playing the game they loved.  Brady said he doesn’t care about legacy.  Before free agency, many in New England never thought Brady had the intestinal fortitude to leave the Patriots.  After all, the argument could be made leaving the Patriots after 20 years could blemish his legacy, especially if he doesn’t win post-Belichick. 

“I never cared about legacy,” Brady said. “... I never once, when I was in high school, said, ‘Man, I can’t wait for what my football legacy looks like.’  It’s just not me; that’s not my personality.  So why would I choose a different place?  It’s because it was just time”, said Brady during an interview with Howard Stern. 

“It was just time”, is a powerful line from Brady regarding his future with the Patriots.  Why was it finally time?  What happened that the greatest quarterback to ever play does not want to wear a Patriots uniform any longer? 

Brady will forever be thankful for his time with the Patriots, the relationships he fostered with coaches and his teammates will last forever.  Those relationships were not enough to bring Brady back.  Arguably, Brady’s greatest relationship was with owner Robert Kraft. 

Prior to Brady announcing on Instagram that he was leaving New England, Brady met with Kraft.  The Patriots' owner always thought, at least publicly, that the team always wanted to bring Brady back.  When Brady called Kraft prior to leaving, Kraft thought it was to sign a new deal.  Instead, Brady had something else in mind. 


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Kraft told the Boston Globe that ““He reached out to me to come over and see me at my home in Brookline, and you know we had a very positive, loving discussion for quite a while,’’ Kraft said.  “We talked about our 20-year relationship and how special it’s been and what we’ve accomplished.”

Brady convinced Kraft that it was time for him to move on and he needed to tell Kraft personally.  Brady let his former boss know he was ready to move on and Kraft expressed his thanks for 20 years in New England. 

Kraft treated Brady like a son.  The former Patriots' quarterback referred to Kraft as a “second father”.  They’ll be cliff notes available to us based off their personal conversation, but we can only imagine the actual tenure of the conversation.  Brady was one of the most important people to help build the Patriots organization.  The emotion of the conversation and the immense respect the two men have for each other is second to none, I can only imagine what it was like for Brady to finally make that call and say he was done. 

Brady will now leave New England, but why?  Brady would go on to say in the Player’s Tribune that “Life is always changing, and in whatever decision you make, or direction you choose, there’s an opportunity.  Choosing to leave New England, and the only team I’ve known for 20 years, to join a new football team is a great opportunity, a great change and a great challenge.”

Brady has accomplished everything in the NFL, what could possibly motivate him now?  He would say, “I love my sport”.  He would say, “football is a team sport, and getting a chance to collaborate with my teammates is a big reason I was drawn to the game in the first place.” 

Following the playoff loss to the Titans last season, during Brady’s press conference he looked like he was ready to go.  He seemed different, he seemed like he was relieved that this was finally going to be over.  According to people around Brady following the game, it was unknown whether he showered or if he just threw his clothes on to do the press conference and get the hell out of there. 


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Brady was now a free agent, or he could opt out of his contract, but we all knew he was going to do that.  What we didn’t know was whether he was staying or going.  Brady Watch effectively began and speculation on everything he would do was scrutinized.  Everyone was trying to find clues in social media posts, the eventually Super Bowl Hulu commercial, and in comments from the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. 

Could it be as simple as Brady was just Beli-Checked out?  There has been Deflategate and the suspension Brady served due to the scandal.  Prior to that there was Spygate that followed this team like a bad smell over the time Brady spent in New England. 

There were the reported issues between Belichick and the “TB12 Method” and Brady’s close friend Alex Guerrero.  There were issues that Guerrero pitted Patriots players against the training staff. 

Shop for Kid's NFL Gear at Fanatics!There were scandals and drama towards the latter end in New England, but Brady was able work through all that.  Brady wanted a contract extension and to finish his career with the Patriots.  Belichick clearly had other plans and it hurt the Brady-Belichick relationship. 

We can not forget the “hometown” deals that Brady would always take during the years he spent in New England.  He would always put the team first, allowing the Patriots to build solid rosters to allow them to be competitive every year.  The money the Patriots saved can be argued on whether they spent it in the right place. 

Brady always maintained he wanted play football into his mid-40’s.  He just wanted a contract extension but if not, people in the Brady camp said he was fine moving on.  Folks who are close to Brady said the quarterback and Belichick had a “blowup” and the relationship felt different from there. 

According to ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, Brady wanted a divorce from the head coach.  Brady was fed up with Belichick. 

If all that was true, Brady was tired of Belichick and made up his mind once he wasn’t getting an extension he was going to leave.  On August 4, 2019, the Patriots and Brady agreed to an extension with the team.  But it really wasn’t an extension as we’d come to find out.  The terms of the deal was a two-year $70 million dollar deal.  The deal raised Brady's 2019 salary from $15 million to $23 million.  Brady was then scheduled to make $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021. 

All of those numbers were a smoke screen, the deal was really just a one-year raise for Brady.  He would be able to opt-out, which he eventually did.  The other telling piece of the “extension” was the fact he negotiated in the deal that the Patriots would not be allowed to place the $32.5 million dollar franchise tag on him. 

Why would the Patriots do that?  Why allow your franchise quarterback to walk for nothing?  Once that was announced in the deal, it was the writing on the wall.  Brady had the ability to leave and there wasn’t a damn thing the Patriots could do about it. 

Brady wanted out, he wanted to leave and begin a new chapter in his NFL career.  Brady placed his Brookline home on the market, Guerrero placed his home on the market and Brady and Gisele looked for a new home for their next chapter.


As the months started to pass, Brady Watch was coming to an end.  There were teams who expressed interest in Brady, the Titans, Raiders, 49ers and Patriots all expressed interest in him.  Ultimately an unlikely team would emerge, the Buccaneers would swoop in and steal Brady away from the Patriots.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers - let that sink in.

Brady is excited and motivated to start his new chapter.  He will now call Raymond James Stadium home and help usher in a new brand of football to Tampa Bay.  “I’m excited to be embraced fully for what I can bring to the Bucs.  In turn I’m ready to embrace fully a team that is confident in what I do — and what I bring — and is willing to go on this ride with me”, said Brady in the Player’s Tribune. 

Brady would go on to say “I want to show everybody what I got”.  He has already done this, he doesn’t have anything left to prove, well, other than showing he can win without Belichick. 

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