New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with owner Robert Kraft after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Robert Kraft has offered his initial thoughts on Tom Brady’s seminal announcement on Tuesday that he will be leaving the Patriots. In the end, it was an amicable parting of ways between the now-former Patriots quarterback and the team owner.

Kraft said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN: “Tommy initiated contact last night & came over. We had a positive, respectful discussion. It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest. After 20 years with us, he has earned that right. I love him like a son”.

The description of Kraft’s conversation with Brady and his desire for him to stay was the opposite of the reporting on the team and head coach Bill Belichick. Multiple reports indicated that a call between Brady and Belichick didn’t go as well as the quarterback hoped and that the two sides never came close to agreeing on a new contract.

Collectively, the reporting paints a picture of a quarterback who wanted to try a new challenge and a head coach who would only take him back at his price. It also indicates that Brady feels he will have a better chance to win in 2020 wherever he signs than he would have had in New England.

There will be plenty of time to talk about where Brady ends up signing and the possibility of playing against the Patriots. Tuesday should and will mostly be a day of reflection on the greatest run a single football player ever had, and the appreciation of New Englanders that it came in their backyard.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at