New England Patriots star Tom Brady, the once-in-a-generation quarterback many believe is the epitome of untouchable, wouldn't be surprised if he met the same fortune as former teammate Jamie Collins, whom the team shipped to the Cleveland Browns on Monday.
The 39-year-old signal-caller spoke about his chances of being dealt with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald on Wednesday:
Yeah, absolutely. 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.
Brady is one of the most recognizable names in football and the face of the Patriots, going from an unknown sixth-round draft pick in 2000 to a four-time Super Bowl winner, 11-time Pro Bowler and two-time MVP.
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While Brady has been the common factor on the field in the New England dynasty, head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots management have moved on from big names in the past:
|Notable Transactions Made by New England Patriots|
|Player||Position||Years with Patriots||Pro Bowls||Super Bowl Wins||Outcome|
|Lawyer Milloy||DB||1996-2002||4||1||Released, signed w/ Bills|
|Ty Law||DB||1995-2004||4||3||Released, signed w/ Jets|
|Willie McGinest||DE||1994-2005||2||3||Released, signed w/ Browns|
|Adam Vinatieri||K||1996-2005||2||3||Signed with Colts|
|Richard Seymour||DE||2001-2008||5||3||Traded to Raiders|
|Mike Vrabel||LB||2001-2008||1||3||Traded to Chiefs|
The quarterback is on another level compared to those players, though, ranking in the top five in NFL history in passing yards (59,347), completions (5,051) and touchdown passes (440).
While Brady might be prepared for such a move, many would view it as cruel, given all that he's done for the organization.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.