New England Patriots' Tom Brady walks off dejected after the game. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Last October, the Patriots traded Brady's backup – Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick who appeared to be the heir to Brady – to the San Francisco 49ers. Last August, the Patriots shipped Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts.The spin was Brady did not want to be looking over his shoulder and felt he had earned the right to decide when to pull the plug on his career with the Patriots.New England acquired a second first-round pick for next week's draft in a deal that sent Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams, sparking speculation the Patriots could be primed to climb up for Brady's eventual replacement.
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