Devin McCourty reacts to Tom Brady's departure in Players Tribune

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Devin McCourty has been one of the most vocal Patriots this offseason. That continued Tuesday morning with a post on Players Tribune.

McCourty discussed a number of topics including his own free agency, what kept him in New England, and of course Tom Brady's decision to leave the Patriots.

"Going into free agency, I was thinking that at this stage in my career, I was ready for a change," McCourty starts off. "I thought I might have to go elsewhere to find it."

However, the Patriots captain explained that when his brother's contract option was picked up, he knew he was staying. "And as much as I wanted a new challenge in my career, I also told myself from the jump that if there was an opportunity to play with my brother again, I would take it." This confirms what many speculated when Jason McCourty's option was picked up earlier this month, that that move would keep Devin in New England.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots reacts with Jason McCourty #30 after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots reacts with Jason McCourty #30 after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

McCourty wrote about his thoughts on a number of his defensive teammates leaving before getting to Tom Brady. "I mean, I found out about Tom leaving the same way y’all did. On Twitter." McCourty did say he wasn't totally surprised. "But I kind of knew when we got closer to free agency and he didn’t have a deal done that he wasn’t coming back."

In Brady's departure though, McCourty notes he gets the new challenge he was seeking when he considered leaving the Patriots.

"It turns out that there is no greater challenge for me right now than leading this Patriots team into a new era and helping ensure that this next wave of players can continue our legacy and build on what we’ve already achieved as a franchise," wrote McCourty, who on top of being one of the few established locker room presences remaining is now one of the oldest and longest-tenured players on the roster.

"People are going to say that because Tom’s gone, the dynasty is over," McCourty continued. "They’re already burying us, far as I can tell. And that’s fine. Let ’em. We’ve never listened to the noise, and we’re not about to start now."

Given what the team has lost in leadership in the last week, knowing that this is Devin McCourty's mindset should be encouraging for Patriots fans heading into 2020.

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