Nobody ever saw him leaving the New England Patriots, but that’s exactly what happened in March 2020 when he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
It did not have to be that way and it can all be contributed to Bill Belichick’s draft history of missing out on talented wide receivers. For the first time in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots selected a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft when they selected ASU’s N’Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick.
That was a bad pick that would ultimately the course of history.
According to an NFL insider, if Belichick had just taken any of the below wide receivers for the Patriots, Brady just might be with the team right now.
Instead, the Patriots had a core that dropped the second-most passes in the NFL during the 2019 season and guys had struggles getting open. It led to the Patriots losing to the Titans in the Wild Card round and Brady never playing another game with the team again.
Fast forward to 2022 and the Patriots are still looking for that dynamic WR to possbly pair with Mac Jones while Brady is set to thrive in Tampa yet again with his core.