Robert Kraft and Tom Brady have shared a very special relationship over the past two decades. That relationship will no longer be a working one, though.
Brady, who's played for the Patriots since 2000, is officially leaving New England. The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback announced on Tuesday morning that he won't be returning.
The former Michigan Wolverines quarterback revealed that his football journey will continue elsewhere in 2020. Brady is believed to be considering strong offers from Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.
Kraft, who's owned the Patriots since 1994, has reacted to Brady's decision. He spoke with ESPN reporter Mike Reiss.
"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," Kraft told ESPN.
Brady and the Patriots reportedly had minimal contact during this offseason, with little negotiations taking place. It increasingly became clear that Brady would leave in free agency.
Still, it's tough to believe that it's real. Wherever Brady plays in 2020, it'll take a while to get used to.