The entire AFC East gets some great news to kick off their Tuesday morning.
Rejoice, Jets fans. Bills and Dolphins fans, you too. Tom Brady announced this morning that he will be leaving the New England Patriots.
LOVE YOU PATS NATION pic.twitter.com/lxSQZmnjPL
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 17, 2020
It is unknown where Brady will head next, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers have been the two teams most closely linked to him throughout the past few weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Brady has led the Patriots to an AFC East title in each of the past 16 seasons he has been healthy (Miami won the division when Brady missed most of the 2008 season). The last and only time that Brady has failed to win the division was in 2002 when Herm Edwards and Chad Pennington led the Jets to a 9-7 record. Both New England and Miami also earned a 9-7 record that season, but the Jets prevailed through tiebreakers.
Bill Belichick and a strong roster remain in New England, but the man widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all-time is now gone. Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler are the only quarterbacks on New England’s roster.
Should Brady leave to a team outside of the AFC East, a window of opportunity will open for a new king to claim the AFC East throne. Will the Jets be the team to pounce?