In a bit of a surprise move, star quarterback Tom Brady has announced that he will leave the New England Patriots after two decades with the franchise. Although many didn’t believe that this scenario would transpire, Brady is now on the open market for the first time in his illustrious career where he will don another team’s uniform. That has put on the table several options for him to explore in free agency to decide where he will play for this next and likely last chapter of his career. There hasn’t been any clarity of what team that will be, but a timetable has been laid out.
Tom Brady leaves Patriots
In the months leading up to free agency, there had been a growing sense around Brady that he would explore the free-agent market. However, there wasn’t a convincing belief that he would outright leave the only franchise that he has played for in his career.
The 42-year-old has come to that choice as he’s announced via Instagram that he’s leaving New England after two decades. That happened the morning after Brady met with team owner Robert Kraft to inform him of his decision to move on from the franchise.
It’s one that Brady reportedly made instead of giving the Patriots a chance to offer him a new deal in free agency. However, it’s a path that had plenty of indications that things were heading into this direction. New England has had minimal conversation with the six-time Super Bowl champion over the offseason. At the same time, the dialogue between him and head coach Bill Belichick didn’t go over as planned.
It’s a reality that Brady has reached that will see him make his free agency decision shortly.
When Tom Brady will make his decision
Now that Brady has decided that he will no longer play for the Patriots, the attention shifts over to what team he will suit up for in this next chapter of his career.
There isn’t any clarity of where that will be as of yet, but Jeff Darlington of ESPN has laid out that a decision on where he plays next will come this week. Darlington has been a highly credible source through this entire process as he singled out that Brady would leave New England.
Other prominent reporters have voiced that the 42-year-old still hasn’t decided on which team he will join. That process could take a few days as he speaks to each team and assesses which situation provides him with the best chance to compete for the Super Bowl.
What are Tom Brady’s options?
One less option is on the table for Brady in free agency as he has ruled out a potential return to the Patriots.
The Indianapolis Colts are also no longer a landing spot as they are reportedly nearing a deal with Philip Rivers. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Raiders agreed to a contract with Marcus Maroita on Monday night, which presumably pushes them out of the picture.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to make a strong push with their “all-in” mentality to match any offer Brady receives from any team. The Los Angeles Chargers are believed to have a significant offer on the table for the future Hall of Famer. The Miami Dolphins have been mentioned as a landing spot with some rumored interest as there is the obvious connection with head coach Brian Flores and other former Patriots coaches on their staff.
There should be some much-needed finality on this front that will see Brady taking the field for another franchise for the first time in his career.