Tom Brady announces he will leave New England Patriots

Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time, announced on Tuesday he will leave the New England Patriots to sign with another team in free agency.

On Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020, just a little before 9 am EST in the morning — St. Patrick’s Day — Tom Brady announced through his social media platforms that he intends to leave the New England Patriots in free agency … and in doing so, leave behind the country’s most Irish city and its fans.

Not a very lucky way to start a “holiday,” is it?

Brady announced the move himself via Twitter and Instagram:

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LOVE YOU PATS NATION

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FOREVER A PATRIOT

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Brady leaves behind a legacy that will never be replicated.

He’s a six-time Super Bowl champion, a four-time Super Bowl MVP, a three-time league MVP, a 14-time Pro Bowler, a three-time First-team All-Pro, a two-time Second-team All-Pro … and the list of awards and achievements — both individual and team-based — go on and on and on.

His decision marks the end of the most prolific and productive dynasty in the history of American team sports. For the past 20 years, Brady was arguably at the center of professional football’s most powerful triumvirate, alongside head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Now, all that’s left is for Brady to decide where he plans to play this fall. The odds-on favorite is currently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but there’s also a chance he could sign with the Los Angeles Chargers — or even with another mystery team before all is said and done.

His decision likely will come today or tomorrow at the very latest.

For the Patriots, Belichick and Kraft must now move on with a new starting quarterback under center this summer for the first time since the turn of the millennium. New England currently has just veteran backup Cody Kessler and second-year man Jarrett Stidham under contract at QB.

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Expect the Pats to aggressively pursue someone like Teddy Bridgewater, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, or maybe even Philip Rivers over the next 24 hours as they attempt to figure out what their plans are for the game’s most important position — both in the short-term, and more importantly, for their long-term future.