Tom Brady Announces He Won’t Return to Patriots

Tom Brady with Patriots in 2018. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The Tom Brady era in New England is officially over as the star QB announced on social media that he won’t be returning for the 2020 season. His emotional message to the fans ends the greatest run in NFL history by a quarterback and leaves the legendary Patriots franchise with much uncertainty.

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Since his first season in 2001, Brady has been the star of the best franchise run in NFL history, helping his team appear in nine Super Bowls and winning an unprecedented six. Tom Brady won four of the six Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVPs, and was named to 14 Pro Bowls.

New England hasn’t had a losing season since Brady took over, and they won 17 AFC East titles with him under center, including an NFL record 11 straight. Brady leaves New England as the undeniable GOAT, and at the age of 42, may still have a few great seasons left in him.

Both Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, the longtime masterpieces of the Patriots, expressed sadness and wished him well through statements by the team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be the front-runners to sign Brady, although the Los Angeles Chargers or a host of other teams could take the NFL by surprise and give Brady the deal he is looking for.