Bill Belichick, Patriots ‘moving forward’ minus Brady

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is ready for turn the page after 20 years with Tom Brady.

Brady signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, putting the Patriots in unfamiliar and uncertain territory entering the 2020 NFL Draft.

Belichick released a lengthy statement on Brady’s departure on March 17.

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“Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect and appreciation. Tom’s success as a player and his character as a person are exceptional. Nothing about the end of Tom’s Patriots career changes how unfathomably spectacular it was. With his relentless competitiveness and longevity, he earned everyone’s adoration and will be celebrated forever. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years,” Belichick said.

How the Patriots eventually define moving forward on the field without Brady remains to be seen. Jarrett Stidham, drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, is considered the likely starter. Veteran Brian Hoyer agreed to come back for another tour with the Patriots, but his signing has not yet been made official.

The Patriots have the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft next week but don’t have a second-round pick.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)