Why is Buccaneers QB Tom Brady still being asked why he left the Patriots?
As crazy as it sounds, we are nearly eight months removed from Tom Brady’s bombshell decision to leave the Patriots in favor of testing free agency for the first time in his illustrious career. As we know, the 42-year-old quarterback ultimately inked a monster two year, $50 million contract with Tampa Bay, a franchise which he believes gives him a great chance to add a seventh championship to his historic resume.
In terms of putting a finger on why Brady spurned New England, well, it probably came down to a number of reasons — his reported tension with head coach Bill Belichick, self-proclaimed failure to receive proper recognition from the organization, and a lack of dynamic offensive weapons being the most widely speculated of the bunch.
That much has been understood for quite some time. Because of that, we have since moved on and are now all in on pulling for Cam Newton and Co. to keep the Patriots’ playoff streak alive. For those wondering, it currently sits at an astounding 11 consecutive years.
However, it would appear that some folks in the media — the Boston Globe, to be exact — are still determined in squeezing an answer out of Brady as it pertains to why he left the Patriots after a two-decade run comprised of seemingly nothing but success.
We have one question: Why is Brady still fielding questions about this? His departure was admittedly a much-needed storyline to latch on to as it materialized while sports leagues around the globe were being shut down in light of the coronavirus outbreak, but that’s hardly the case now.
Considering that NFL free agency served as a content epicenter for many media outlets over a two-month span, it was understandable why Brady divorcing Belichick was made relevant as long as it was. However, with the NFL (on top of the NBA Finals and MLB playoffs) in full swing, there’s simply no need for it to still be a prominent topic of discussion outside of sports bars and social media.
Unless the Patriots and Buccaneers meet in the Super Bowl, or one of Belichick or Brady take a subliminal dig at each other during a press conference, TB12’s departure should be put on the back burner.
It was obviously a groundbreaking decision that swept the country for several months, but the time for asking Brady why he chose free agency instead of re-signing with New England has long passed. Choosing to still pepper him with questions about it reeks of desperation.