Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had plenty to say Wednesday on Howard Stern's radio show. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shocked the football world last month when he announced he was signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show Wednesday morning to discuss a variety of topics, including when he had made the decision to leave New England after two decades. 

Surprisingly, the six-time Super Bowl champion said he knew ahead of the 2019 season.

Looking at it from a Patriots perspective, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media noted that Bill Belichick and Co. were still holding out hope that Brady was going to re-sign in New England up until his meeting with owner Robert Kraft in March.

Kraft and Brady talked one day before he ultimately decided to sign with Tampa Bay. It’s clear there was a disconnect between the two sides in the lead-up to free agency. 

Once something did not get done on that end ahead of the start of the new league year, Brady was as good as gone.

Remember, New England was going to take an eight-figure dead cap hit regardless of whether Brady re-signed or moved on once free agency opened. Despite this, the team was still holding out hope he’d return.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name the other QBs from the first week Tom Brady started a game?

The Bears, Lions and Titans were on a bye during Week 3, so the starting QBs from Week 2 are listed below. 

ARZ / #16
Jake Plummer
ATL / #12
Chris Chandler
BAL / #18
Elvis Grbac
BUF / #11
Rob Johnson
CAR / #16
Chris Weinke
CHI / #9
Shane Matthews
CIN / #3
Jon Kitna
CLE / #2
Tim Couch
DAL / #2
Anthony Wright
DEN / #14
Brian Griese
DET / #14
Ty Detmer
GB / #4
Brett Favre
IND / #18
Peyton Manning
JAX / #8
Mark Brunell
KC / #10
Trent Green
MIA / #9
Jay Fiedler
MIN / #11
Daunte Culpepper
NE / #12
Tom Brady
NO / #2
Aaron Brooks
NYG / #5
Kerry Collins
NYJ / #16
Vinny Testaverde
OAK / #12
Rich Gannon
PHI / #5
Donovan McNabb
PIT / #10
Kordell Stewart
SD / #7
Doug Flutie
SEA / #8
Matt Hasselbeck
SF / #5
Jeff Garcia
STL / #13
Kurt Warner
TB / #14
Brad Johnson
TEN / #14
Neil O'Donnell
WAS / #12
Tony Banks

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