Tom Brady announced Tuesday that he will not return to the New England Patriots for the 2020 season, and every football reporter across the country is scrambling to find the reason as to why TB12 has walked out on the only team he has ever known.
One increasingly proposed explanation is that Brady was frustrated with Bill Belichick for his inability to add a superstar wide receiver, as the Patriots head coach was reportedly unwilling to give up the draft capital needed to bring in a player like DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, or Odell Beckham Jr.
While Julian Edelman is as reliable as the day is long, Brady's other top targets last year two rookies in N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers, a speedster with bad hands in Phillip Dorsett, and a revolving door of tight ends. Trading a second-round pick for Mohamed Sanu looks like quite the rough deal as well.
In addition to failed trades, Belichick parted ways with Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, and Demaryius Thomas over the course of the 2019 season, a flurry of relationships that were likely doomed from the start. He also failed to find even a serviceable replacement for Rob Gronkowski at tight end.
Brady's passing game weapons last season presented a lot of room for improvement, and Belichick's hesitancy to give up draft picks might have forced his superstar quarterback out of New England. Not the most harmonious end to his time as a Patriot.