Brady To Continue NFL Career Apart From Patriots
Brady’s Career To “Take Place Elsewhere”
After a 20-year run with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has announced that his “football journey will take place elsewhere.”
Although Brady has yet to settle on which team he’ll play for throughout the 2020 season, the star quarterback revealed his separation from the Patriots in a series of social media posts in which he thanked the team and fans for their support.
Brady officially becomes a free agent on Wednesday, but we could hear news of an agreement between Brady and another team as early as Tuesday, as players and organizations are allowed to negotiate deals already.
According to reports, Brady will explore his options in free agency. However, recent speculation pointed toward a two-team race between the Chargers and Buccaneers. With New England out of the picture, Tampa Bay appears to be a favorite to land the six-time Super Bowl winner.
The avenue leading to Brady’s departure from New England began when the two parties were unable to agree to an extension last offseason. Now, Brady will become a free agent for the first time in his NFL career.
Of Brady’s decision to go elsewhere, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, “Tommy initiated contact last night and came over. We had a positive, respectful discussion. It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest. After 20 years with us, he has earned that right. I love him like a son.”
The 42-year-old has been steadfast in his intention to play professional football at least until the age of 45.
Brady’s Hall of Fame Career to Continue
To this point, it’s been virtually impossible to envision Brady in another team’s uniform. Much of that sentiment stems from the quarterback’s success with the Patriots over his 20-year career.
After being drafted with the No. 199 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady would go on to win six Super Bowl titles alongside head coach Bill Belichick. Of those six championships, Brady was named Super Bowl MVP in four.
Brady currently trails only Peyton Manning (four) with three NFL Most Valuable Player awards, which places him on level ground with Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, and Jim Brown at second-most valuable in the league’s history.
Included on Brady’s long list of NFL records are 15 Super Bowl records, nine conference championships, 17 division championships, 12 regular-season wins in 13 different seasons, and 13 conference title game appearances.
Now, Brady will try to add to his illustrious career with a new NFL team starting in the 2020 season.
Odds for Brady’s Next Team
With much of the sports world shut down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, all eyes are on Brady and his search for a new club. That includes sportsbooks, where the Brady sweepstakes are heating up.
Brady’s Week 1 team leads off FanDuel Sportsbook’s most popular bets.
As expected following recent reports, the Buccaneers are now the favorites to land Brady with odds of -165. However, the Chargers follow close behind with odds of +115.
Although those two teams are significantly ahead of the rest of the pack, the Dolphins (+750), Raiders (+1300), Bears (+1900), and 49ers (+1900) appear to have some chance of getting Brady on the roster.
Pats’ Super Bowl Chances
The odds of Brady’s Week 1 team weren’t the only ones to be altered by the quarterback’s social media announcement. The Patriots saw their odds of winning the Super Bowl slide from +1200 to +1700 with their long-time QB set to leave.
Right now, the Chiefs (+650) and Ravens (+700) are the favorites to claim the upcoming season’s Lombardi Trophy.