BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots.

After 20 years with the organization, the quarterback posted a tweet on Tuesday, saying his farewell and his thanks to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the entire Patriots organization.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Brady has not yet chosen his next team and that Brady “will be exploring his options.”

The quarterback did not specify where he’ll be going next, instead opting to take the time to put his 20 years with the Patriots into perspective.

“Although my football journey will take place elsewhere,” Brady said, ” I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and every one of you, and to have the memories we’ve created together.”

Brady opened his message by giving thanks to everyone in the organization.

“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization. I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have taught me — I have learned from everyone,” Brady said. “You all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player can ever hope for. Everything we accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you. I have benefited from all you have given me. I cherished every opportunity I had to be a part of our team, and I love you all for that. Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that.”

He then sent out a separate message, thanking Patriots fans.

“I want to say thank you to all of th eincredible fans and Patriots supporters. [Massachusetts] has been my home for twenty years. It has truly been the happiest two decades I could have envisioned in my life and I have nothing but love and gratitude for my time in New England,” Brady said. “The support has been overwhelming — I wish every player could experience it. My children were born and raised here and you always embraced this California kid as your own. I love your commitment and loyalty to your teams and winning for our city means more than you will ever know.”

Brady continued: “I can’t thank you enough for the support of our team. The packed training camps and sold out stadiums and mostly the victory parades. I have been so blessed to share them with you all. I treid to represent us always in the best and most honorable way, and I fought hard with my teammates to help bring victory and triump even in the most dire situations. You opened your heart to me, and I opened my heart to you. And Pats Nation will always be a part of me. I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will always love you and what we have shared — a lifetime full of fun memories.”

The 42-year-old Brady just completed his 20th NFL season, all of which have been with the Patriots. Despite a down year statistically, Brady set a number of records for quarterbacks over 42 years old while also leapfrogging Peyton Manning on the all-time passing yards and touchdown lists.

Originally drafted in the sixth round with the 199th overall pick by Bill Belichick and the Patriots all the way back in 2000, Brady has accumulated 74,571 passing yards and 541 touchdowns in the regular season, plus another 11,388 yards and 73 touchdowns in the postseason.

As a starting quarterback, Brady owns a 219-64 record in the regular season and a 30-11 record in the playoffs. He’s the only player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls, and his four Super Bowl MVP awards are more than any other player in history.

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A league MVP in 2007, 2010 and 2017, Brady has been named to 14 Pro Bowls and three All-Pro First Teams. He also owns the most Offensive Player of the Week awards, with 30.

No quarterback has ever won as many games as Brady, and if regular season stats are combined with postseason stats, no quarterback has as many passing yards or touchdowns.

Brady’s numbers dipped in 2019, when he threw for 4,057 yards and 24 touchdowns with eight interceptions. In the playoff loss at home to Tennessee, he completed 20 of 37 passes for 209 yards with no touchdowns and a pick-six at the end.

Days after that loss, Brady posted on Instagram that he intended to return to football, stating, “I know I still have more to prove.” Since then, months of speculation and borderline hysteria has surrounded Brady, as the football world awaited to learn what the future would hold for the greatest quarterback of all time.

UPDATE: Brady is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Comments (49)
  1. Oliver W Homey says:

    Like so many who have thought the grass is greener I firmly think he will stumble into a field of weeds and his career willl end horribly

    1. Shama Lama says:

      I don’t believe you actually do think. If so, it is probably quite difficult for you to do more than breathe with your limited brain power.

    2. L Michael Hester says:

      You ain’t no genius, Ollie.

    3. tigbond says:

      How about “thank you” and “we support you in the next stage of your journey” and “best of luck, Tom”? Doesn’t that sound nicer and more encouraging than “I hope you get tangled up in a bunch of weeds, you piece of garbage, Tom.”? – which is basically what you’re saying.

  2. Patriot says:

    Thx Tom….enjoyed watching you a long time…you have been a NFL example par excellence.

  3. Best of luck Tom! We owe you big time! You will be missed.

  4. jack says:

    It is a shame. it would have been nice in this day of no loyalty to see a grear player and oach figure out how to stay together.

  5. Don james says:

    You failed as a reporter. Why is he leaving?

    1. Dorothy says:

      You kinda failed as a troll. Brady hasn’t said why he’s leaving or where he’s going. That tweet is it. That’s all anyone knows.

      1. Don says:

        Made no attempt to troll. After 20 years, why?

  6. Crashing Boulder says:

    Who cares! It is just a STUPID GAME that means NOTHING in the grand scheme of things!

    1. L Michael Hester says:

      Apparently, you care

  7. Jerry Elliott says:

    Tom thinks the grass is greener elsewhere, he will soon find out. The Patriots will survive without him. Go Patriots Go!!!

  8. Jack Cook says:

    Life goes on but we will be always grateful for Tom Brady! Thank you Tom, best of luck in your future endeavors.

  9. efigalaxie says:

    He has really proved all that he needs to.

  10. Nick Borichef says:

    Patriots will join Colts in winning more championship after letting Payton go. Good luck Tom. I am ready to support my new team!

  11. yirmin says:

    If it is between Miami and San Diego it is a no brainer, Miami all the way because at the end of the day Florida has no state income tax compared to California with 14%… Now considering how much his wife makes a year and how much he will make and you are talking about a serious financial reason not to ever pick a California team as it would cost them as a couple about 8 million dollars in state income taxes.

    1. preston says:

      completely agree with the tax angle (I live in LA) though you’re forgetting he would make far more than 8mil with the marketing and entertainment connections here.

  12. Celts Fan says:

    Good luck, Tom. You were the greatest and, more importantly, became one of us and for that we thank you. Wishing you all the best in your future – except, of course against the Pats.

    Thanks QB12 and Go Pats!

  13. Lmao dumahses says:

    Good thing they have a great backup QB like Ga…. oh wait nevermind.

  14. J David Krauser says:

    As a Steelers fan since ’57 I despised the guy. But his greatness is undeniable and the comeback against the Falcons was the single most impressive example of putting a team on one’s back and taking them all the way. Dwarfed even Messier with the Rangers in ’94 or Bum with the Giants in three postseasons. The GOAT. I’m rooting for you to join BA in Tampa.

  15. Ken Guyer says:

    Well in today’s New World, that announcement qualifies as a really big yawn! LOL

  16. Graham says:

    So your claim to fame is to win by cheating. Lets see how you make out with any new team who abide by the rules.

  17. Yanker says:

    What a football player. He is the best there ever was, the Michael Jordan of the NFL, and there is no comparison – Brady is the best to ever play a sport for money.

    1. WantMy says:

      Excet that Michael Jordan, nor the Bulls were ever caught cheating… multiple times.

  18. C O Jones says:

    This is truly the end of the world!!!!

  19. Louise says:

    Tom knocked himself out, literally and figuratively, for his team and his fans over the past two decades. He should take his lovely wife on a round-the-world vacation then retire. There is something to be said for going out on top.

  20. David Hedricks says:

    Tom who?

  21. George Watcher says:

    WHO CARES

  22. We losers anonymous says:

    I used to “hate” TB (because they won so much, LOL). Then I grew to admire him. He sacrificed his own pay stratosphere so that his team could afford better players. He was thinking about the team. How many selfish primma donnas we have to suffer hearing and seeing do that? Great example for everyone, aside from deflating balls in the bathroom and stealing the other teams communications, well nobodies perfect.

  23. C Darryl Mattison says:

    Whatever he does next will only be a footnote to his career – he’s got plenty of money – if I were him I’d take it to a new level. Start a foundation and do something good for the world that has supported him so strongly.

  24. frank jones says:

    there won’t be football next year anyway. Now the “experts” are saying we need 18 months of social distancing.

  25. Wantmy Privacy says:

    All of his stats, all of his achievements, all of his records and accomplishments and titles and greatness, are diminished by his team’s and his own personal ongoing cheating. Would any of it happened without the scheming? Perhaps. Probably. But, unfortunately, we’ll never really know, will we?

    1. Bub says:

      Probably not, because if they didn’t need to cheat to win, why take the risk and cheat?

  26. SK says:

    Denver maybe ???

    1. bob says:

      Denver has a new quarterback and Brady will likely want to start. LOL, his last year stats would be a great year for most teams. Always feared the Patriots when Brady and Belichick are played. Belichick is a great coach but Brady was able to put the game plan into motion. I don’t see another great player/coach combination in the near future.

  27. Eric says:

    Take it from a Bills fan: That was a mind-boggling run. The only thing left to prove is whether Brady can do it somewhere else or if Belichick can do it with someone else.

  28. jummy says:

    Houston. They are trading JJ Watt(happened) Deshaun Watson and Deandre Hopkims for Brady and 100 cases of clam chowder.

  29. Larry says:

    Don’t go elsewhere, Retire! Retire on top.

  30. Joe Lucido says:

    Man, the jealousy of some people is astounding, The whiner’s that say he had to cheat, no nothing. Every team has done what the Pats have done at some point to get an edge, yea, it was wrong, but in the grand scheme of things , they were minor offenses that didn’t really do that much to win games. If you let that taint your view of the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, you are selfless retard. Good luck Tom, it was a pleasure watching you over the last 20 years, I don’t expect that we will ever see another one like you in the future of the NFL.

  31. Bob Ussery says:

    Smart for both sides. Tom can be a hired gun for a year or two…Pats rebuild.

  32. James Ravazzolo says:

    he has more to prove? what more can he possibly prove? If he plays another year and wins the Super Bowl, then he’ll want to play *another* year. But improving at his age is impossible. And if he has a lousy year, then he’s tarnished his legacy. This is the perfect time to let it go.

  33. Chiefs Fan says:

    The question is where will Brady take his cheating abilities now, and will he be able to cheat as well as he did when he was teamed up with cheating Belichick?

  34. JPD says:

    I hope he wins another ring. I never thought he ever cheated, that was BS.

  35. Heraturs says:

    How many selfish primma donnas we have to suffer hearing and seeing do that? Great example for everyone, aside from deflating balls in the bathroom and stealing the other teams communications, well nobodies perfect.

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  37. Bill says:

    Brady should have thanked Drew Bledsoe, who mentored Tom through his first season as starting QB.

  38. Richard Rail says:

    I’m still baffled why the Pats would let him go. Tom’s still one of the top QB’s in the league.

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