Brady ruled out the Patriots’ return on the night of the Kraft meeting

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Tom Brady mentally cut the New England Patriots two days before he agreed in principle to a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It was really the night that I stopped and spoke with (the owner) Mr. (Robert) Kraft,” he said Tuesday in his introductory conference call, according to Michael Hurley of CBS Boston . “And we talked and we had a great conversation. And I just wanted to express what he meant to me in my life, and we spoke with coach (Bill) Belichick at the same time. We were in different places and we talked to him. It was a great conversation. I also had the chance to speak to Jonathan Kraft. These three guys have been involved in many important decisions in my life, related to my career, my personal life. ”

After 20 seasons and six Super Bowl championships in New England, Brady officially brought his talents to Tampa on March 20, inking a two-year contract that would contain $ 50 million.

The quarterback posted a statement on social media the morning after meeting with Kraft, announcing that he would not return to the Patriots.

Characteristically, Brady was also a mother when asked to leave New England.

“I don’t want to talk about the past because it’s irrelevant to what’s important in my future and what’s going on during this off-season for me,” he said.

The 42-year-old noted that he was not disappointed that the Patriots had not made more efforts to keep him.

“There is no one who is a bigger fan of the Patriots than I am,” he said. “I only have respect and love. I am very grateful to Mr. Kraft, the organization and coach Belichick, all the coaches and, of course, all of my teammates. ”

Asked about Kraft, who suggested after departure that Brady left Foxborough voluntarily, Brady said he was “not responsible” for these comments.

“I think Mr. Kraft has had a big influence on my life and I am so grateful for the two decades and I mentioned it the other day – it was an incredible thing for my family,” he said. he declares.

Brady left the Patriots as the most successful quarterback in NFL history.

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