Brady leaving Patriots, says ‘football journey’ is elsewhere
BOSTON — Tom Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time in his career.
The 42-year-old six-time Super Bowl winner posted on Instagram on Tuesday morning “my football journey will take place elsewhere.”
The comments were the first to indicate the most-decorated player in NFL history would leave New England.
In a two-part message, Brady thanked the Patriots and the fans and said “FOREVER A PATRIOT.”
“I don’t know what my football future holds, but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and my career,” he wrote. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for out incredible TEAM experiences.”
He officially hits the league’s open market Wednesday, but could reach agreement with another team on Tuesday when players and clubs can negotiate deals.
A four-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and three-time league MVP, Brady has been the enduring face of the Patriots and the most-celebrated player of his generation. Now, he will be leading another NFL team for his 21st pro season.