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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick Reportedly Had 'Blowup' In Late 2017

Tom Brady talking to Bill Belichick.

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady officially left the Patriots this week. The six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is leaving New England for Tampa Bay. Brady signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers in free agency.

This is the first time Brady has left the Patriots, of course, but it apparently was not the first time he thought about it. ESPN published a deep dive on Brady's departure this morning, revealing that the franchise quarterback considered a departure on multiple occasions.

Most interestingly, ESPN reports that Brady had a "blowup" with Bill Belichick in late 2017. The quarterback had made it clear that he was playing until his mid-40s and he wanted an extension.

Brady reportedly met with Belichick to go over things. The meeting did not go well.


Brady made it clear that he was playing football until his mid-40s. He preferred to sign a deal to ensure that he retired a Patriot, but if the team refused, he was fine moving on. He wanted clarity. He met with Belichick, and the meeting ended with a "blowup," a source said. He met with Kraft. He got mixed signals. Team president Jonathan Kraft told NFL Network in January 2018 that Brady had "earned the right" to decide when he wanted to stop playing for the team. On the other hand, that right never came in the form of a contract extension, at least not one Brady felt would last the rest of his career.

Brady would end up playing for the Patriots for two more seasons, winning another Super Bowl. His final season in New England ended with a Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Now, Brady is off to Florida, where he'll look to lead the Bucs to the postseason - and beyond.

"I have always believed that well done is better than well said, so I’m not gonna say much more - I’m just gonna get to work!" he wrote.

Who's in for a Patriots-Bucs Super Bowl?