Tom Brady leaving Patriots has NFL Twitter, Instagram in a frenzy

Tom Brady leaving Patriots has NFL Twitter, Instagram in a frenzy

Tom Brady won't be on the New England Patriots in 2020, and the sports world is trying to process the news.

The 42-year-old quarterback announced Tuesday on Twitter and Instagram he'll continue his "football journey" elsewhere and leave New England in free agency.

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It's the biggest development of the NFL offseason -- indeed, in the entire sports world -- that has major ramifications for the entire league.

Several of Brady's now-former teammates already have reacted, including quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who joined wide receiver Jakobi Meyers and safety Patrick Chung in wishing TB12 well on Instagram.

Former Patriots wide receiver (and noted Brady supporter) Antonio Brown also chimed in with the "GOAT" emoji, while big names from across the sports world -- Kevin Durant, David Beckham and Deion Sanders, to name a few -- also commented on Brady's Instagram post.

That's former Patriots teammates Demaryius Thomas, Rob Ninkovich, Lonie Paxton and Stevan Ridley showing Brady love, in addition to good friend Mark Wahlberg.

On Twitter, ex-Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis gave Brady some pretty high praise:

Former Patriots QB and 98.5 The Sports Hub co-host Scott Zolak sent Brady his regards, as well, drawing a response from the GOAT:

Not every current or former Patriot took Brady's departure in stride, however. Here's Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones:

Patriots fans probably agree with you, Jonathan.

As for where Brady will play next? Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu has a theory.

There figures to be plenty more reaction to this massive story -- Brady hasn't even revealed where he's playing yet -- so stay tuned for more.

Tom Brady, Patriots show Ben Watson love as TE announces retirement

Tom Brady, Patriots show Ben Watson love as TE announces retirement

We don't know where Tom Brady will play in 2020, but we know he still keeps tabs on his now-former teammates.

Ben Watson announced his retirement Monday on social media, ending any speculation he'd return in 2020 after coming out of a first retirement in 2019 to play for the New England Patriots.

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The 39-year-old also paid homage to all five teams he played for during his 15-year career, starting with the Patriots, who selected the tight end in the first round (No. 32 overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.

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Watson's tribute to the Patriots earned him shout-outs from the team's Instagram account ("Thank you, Ben"), as well as Brady, who dropped three heart emojis in the comment section of Watson's post.

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, offensive lineman David Andrews and safety Duron Harmon also gave Watson props, with Harmon writing on Watson's retirement Instagram post:

"Appreciate you setting the example on and off the field my brother! Enjoy retirement because you deserve it 💪🏿"

But Brady's Instagram activity is most notable considering the NFL's legal tampering window opened Monday, allowing teams to contact the pending free-agent quarterback.

Brady was on vacation in Costa Rica with his family but has returned stateside ahead of his big decision, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Brady and Watson share a very tight bond, but the latter didn't contribute much on the field in his final NFL season, with 17 catches for 173 yards and no touchdowns in 10 games played.

Tom Brady doesn't seem concerned about looming free agency, per his Instagram

Tom Brady doesn't seem concerned about looming free agency, per his Instagram

If you're picturing Tom Brady hunkered down in a bunker agonizing over where he'll play in 2020, you've got the wrong picture.

The New England Patriots quarterback will hit unrestricted free agency exactly one week from Wednesday, and teams will be allowed to contact him Monday when the NFL's legal tampering window opens.

But Brady still appears to be in full offseason mode.

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The 42-year-old QB posted several photos to his Instagram story Wednesday of himself enjoying a horseback ride adventure with his family -- wife Gisele Bundchen and two of his three children -- and personal trainer/business partner Alex Guerrero in some tropical location.

Yeah, it seems like that decision is really weighing on him.

Of course, spending some quality time with the family doesn't preclude Brady from getting his free-agency ducks in a row.

The 20-year veteran already has had a phone conversation with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, according to our Tom E. Curran, and likely has given plenty of thought to whether he wants to return to New England or sign elsewhere.

Just don't bother him until March 16.