Tom Brady announced that he would not re-sign with the New England Patriots, ending his time after a historic career in Massachusetts.
In a post to his official Twitter account, the six-time Super Bowl champion said that he would not return to the Patriots next season after 20-years as their star quarterback.
“I wanted to say thank you to all of the incredibly fans and Patriots supporters,” Brady wrote. “Massachusetts has been my home for twenty years. It has truly been the happiest two decades I could have envirionsed in my life and I have nothing but love and gratitude for my time in New England.
“The support has been overwhelming – I wish every player could experience it. My children were born and raised here and you always embraced this California kid as your own. I love your commitment and loyalty to your teams and winning for our city means more than you will ever know,” Brady added.
Brady, 42, will become a free agent for the first time in his career.
“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach (Bill) Belichick, RKK (owner Robert Kraft) and the Kraft family and the entire organization,” Brady wrote . “I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. … Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.”
The Patriots will incur a $13.5 dead salary cap charge after not re-signing him for the 2020-21 season.
During his time with the Patriots, Brady played in a record nine Super Bowls, coming away with a win in six of them and won a record four Super Bowl MVP awards. He’s also been awarded NFL MVP three times (2007, 2010, 2017).