The New England Patriots shocked many yesterday by trading away linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns.
Collins, a Pro Bowl player that made the trip to Hawaii last year, was sent off to the Browns before the trade deadline closed in return for a reported 2018 conditional third rounder.
It was a move that nobody really saw coming and it got people talking. One of those people is Tom Brady, who truly believes that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would have no problem with trading him away if a good offer came up.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Brady said to the Boston Herald when speaking about the Collins deal. “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,” he added.
Could it Happen?
Would the Patriots really trade away Brady, though? Even Belichick, who loves picking up a second round pick for a veteran player, would find it hard to part with his most trusted player.
There's a train of thought surrounding the Patriots that Belichick will only step down and enjoy his retirement when Brady hangs up his cleats. While a tad farfetched, it could happen - but not if Brady's on the LA Rams because they offered a first and a second.
Tom Brady is too much of a legend to ever move. Then again, the same was said for Peyton Manning at one time.
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