Oftentimes, as a player’s career nears completion, he becomes reflective, introspective, even cynical.
This process happens more often if the player has a backup who has shown vast talent or said player is part of an organization that is willing to trade away players near the end of their contracts.
Following Jamie Collins being sent to the Browns after contract negotiation breakdowns, and possibly spurred on by the emergence of Jimmy Garoppolo in his absence, Tom Brady has come out and stated that he would not be shocked if a Jamie Collins-type deal were to happen to him.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Brady said regarding the potential of him being traded, via Pro Football Talk. “You can’t be around this long and not realize that the world will keep spinning and the sun will come up tomorrow without you. That’s just the way it goes. I think you enjoy the experiences that you have and also understand it just keeps going on. It could happen to anybody. You just have to show up to work, do the best you can do every day and let your performance just try to speak for itself.”
Tom Brady is a fiery competitor, one who leads a team well and has sacrificed much for the Patriots organization, yet at the same time he is a realist.
At 39 years old, Brady realizes that his time with New England may be drawing to a close, willingly or not, and he has come to accept that fact.
Despite this, expect Tom Brady to work as hard as he always has on leading the New England Patriots to another NFL championship.