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 Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Let the goodbyes begin.

Thursday morning, ESPN’s Mike Reiss shared an image of a billboard thanking Tom Brady for his time in New England.

The message appears to have been put up by Robert Kraft and/or the Kraft family. It comes before Brady makes his signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers official, a move that is expected in the coming days.

Reiss later added that there are 12 total billboards scattered about. Couldn’t possibly think of a reason why.

This is likely the first of many tributes we’ll see to Brady over the coming weeks and months. The real question is, does Jarrett Stidham have to drive by this on his way to work every day?

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.