Tom Brady’s decision to leave the New England Patriots after two decades not only shook up the franchise, but the NFL as a whole. It is still tough to imagine Brady in another uniform.
Interestingly, one of Brady’s longtime New England teammates isn’t surprised the separation occurred. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy thinks it all makes sense.
Van Noy also left New England, signing with the Miami Dolphins last week. Given that he’s no longer part of the Patriots, the veteran pass rusher likely feels he can speak more candidly on Brady than he would have if he was still with New England.
Van Noy told ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe that given the circumstances, he’s not shocked Brady bailed. He feels that because things even got to the point where Brady was able to reach free agency without a new contract, it made his departure more likely.
Asked Kyle Van Noy if he was surprised Tom Brady left: “No. Given the fact of 20 years, given the fact that he didn’t get a contract done beforehand.. It would be hard to pass up an opportunity he would get in FA where he can make some money. I feel like he got what he deserved.“
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 26, 2020
It is well-documented that Brady took numerous team-friendly deals from the Patriots over the years. Unless Robert Kraft was paying him off the books, the superstar passer left money on the table.
Brady didn’t have to worry about doing that with Tampa Bay. The Bucs are paying him $50 million over two years, and it could be as much as $59 million if he reaches incentives.
A fresh start can be pretty lucrative if you’re an NFL legend.