It could be months before we fully appreciate the impact Tom Brady's move from New England to Tampa Bay has on the NFL. But there have been a lot of strong reactions from some of Brady's closest friends and biggest supporters.
In a recent radio interview, former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk had a few things to say on the matter. Speaking to Mad Dog Radio, Faulk said that while everyone knew publicly it was a possibility, privately it was hard to take seriously.
Faulk went on to say that the timing ultimately seemed right for a change of scenery. He explained that relationships change over time - for better or worse - and that it was clear that Brady and the Patriots had their differences.
Ultimately, he doesn't appear to see Brady any differently for taking his talents elsewhere.
“Relationships do change over time, negatively or positively,” Faulk said. “Did they have their differences? Yes they did. Every relationship has differences and every relationship is not perfect. As far as going forward with that, like you said I wasn't there for the last eight or nine years. It just happened. It was the time. It was the right time for both guys. The organization and Tom.”
Faulk was a second-round draft pick by the Patriots in 1999 - the year before Bill Belichick and Tom Brady arrived. He went on to win three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots before retiring after the 2011 season.
But while Faulk retired wearing a Patriots uniform, it doesn't look like Brady will.
Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with Tampa Bay that will see him playing until he's at least 44.