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Tom Brady To Leave Patriots After 20 Years, Continue 'Football Journey Elsewhere'

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Tom Brady To Leave Patriots After 20 Years, Continue 'Football Journey Elsewhere'

Tom Brady is leaving the only NFL team he's ever played for, the New England Patriots, after 20 years.

Brady said Tuesday on Instagram that his football now "will take place elsewhere," part of a long thank you message to the Patriots organization and fans. Brady didn't say which team he would sign with, or even whether he would be playing next year, saying only that his "football journey" would be somewhere else. 

Brady, 42, leaves after one of the best runs ever for a quarterback and franchise, having won six Super Bowls - more than any other player. He's played in a record nine Super Bowls and been league MVP three times. He was drafted in 2000 out of the University of Michigan in the sixth round.

Brady and the Patriots couldn't reach agreement on an extension of his contract after the 2019 season, which ended in uncharacteristic fashion for New England, with an early playoff exit.

Brady has said in the past that he wants to play until age 45.

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