Tom Brady posts a message on Twitter announcing that he is leaving the Patriots.
"LOVE YOU PATS NATION"
The four word message was posted on top of a longer message on Twitter, Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.
This news ends the run of the greatest quarterback in all-time in what was perhaps one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports. Overall, Brady led the Patriots to eight Super Bowls, winning six - Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI and LIII.
Brady will now decide where to play in 2020. As of Monday, the quarterback had at least one offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Los Angeles Chargers have also been in the mix.
The 2019 season was full of frustrations for Brady. He saw talented received like Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon come and go. They departed well after Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL. The Pats were never able to adequately replace Gronk and it showed on the field. Brady didn't make the Pro Bowl for the first time since the 2008 season when he missed the year due to a knee injury.
Brady's numbers in 2019 weren't bad — 4,057 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and interceptions. However, his 60.8 completion percentage was his lowest since 2013. His 4,057 passing yards were the lowest (in a full season) since 2010. The 24 passing touchdowns were Brady's lowest since 2006.
It was clear that Brady was frustrated as the quarterback didn't hold back his emotions in press conferences. On top of that, Brady dealt with several injuries (calf, right shoulder, right elbow and even a toe) that made it harder for him to practice fully throughout the year.
Of course, 2019 was just a small blip on the radar for Brady and the Patriots. We're talking about the greatest quarterback and one of the great sports stories of all-time. Brady is a six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP. He's a 14-time Pro Bowler, five-time All-Pro, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, one-time Comeback Player of the Year and a three-time NFL MVP.
The Patriots made the greatest move in franchise history when they selected Brady in the sixth round, pick 199 overall, in the 2000 NFL Draft. Following the selection, Brady even told owner Robert Kraft, "I'm the best decision this organization has ever made."
It was a bold statement that quickly turned out to be true.
In 2000, Brady was fourth on the Patriots quarterback depth chart behind Drew Bledsoe, John Friesz and Michael Bishop. The next season, he replaced Bledsoe when the starter went down with a serious internal injury. Brady never looked back and led the Patriots to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. The Patriots traded Bledsoe the next offseason and for the past 20 years, Brady has been under center in Foxboro.
That's about to change. With Brady gone, the Pats will turn their attention to the quarterback position. The team has two internal options in Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler. Stidham, the team's fourth-round pick in 2019, was outstanding last summer in training camp. The 23-year-old threw just four passes last season (2/4 for 14 yards and an interception). Kessler, 26, has started 12 career games for the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Patriots could turn their attention to the free agent market. The best available quarterbacks are Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Phillip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater. If the Patriots want to trade for a quarterback, someone like Derek Carr, Nick Foles or Andy Dalton could be available.
Brady will count for $13.5 million in dead cap space on the Patriots salary cap in 2020.