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How Tom Brady's ex-Patriots teammates reacted to QB's goodbye video

How Tom Brady's ex-Patriots teammates reacted to QB's goodbye video

Now that Tom Brady has been gone for three weeks, he figured it was time to say goodbye Monday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback posted a tribute video to the New England Patriots on Instagram, thanking the fans and players for 20 years of memories.

If Brady's former teammates are salty about the QB joining the Bucs in free agency, they certainly didn't show it publicly. A host of current and former Patriots players paid their respects to Brady in the Instagram comment section.

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Here's a brief rundown:

- Quarterback Jarrett Stidham: "TB!"
- Retired tight end Ben Watson: "Love you bro. As crazy as it was, I’m grateful for last year. Salute"
- Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu: 🐐🙏🏾 (Goat emoji; prayer emoji)
- Current Raiders offensive tackleTrent Brown: "Love ya 12"
- Offensive guard Joe Thuney: "The absolute greatest!"

Sounds like Brady's former teammates still respect the six-time Super Bowl champion.

In addition to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (goat emoji) and (randomly) Spanish soccer star Xabi Alonso (three clapping emojis), one of Brady's new teammates also chimed in: Bucs linebacker Devin White.

"Let’s keep it going," White wrote.

It's a bit strange to see Brady's former and current teammates crossing paths after he spent two decades with one team. But there will be a lot to get used to as the 42-year-old embraces his new "challenge."

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

When Tom Brady was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career earlier this offseason, the Tennessee Titans were seen as frontrunners to sign him.

Part of that was due to Brady's close relationship Titans head coach and former New England Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel. Tennessee also boasts a strong offensive line and plenty of weapons for Brady to work with, so it seemed like a natural fit for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Instead, the Titans rewarded Ryan Tannehill for his strong showing in the 2019 season with a four-year, $118 million contract, and Brady ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Titans players, including offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, seem to be just fine with that result. Lewan recently talked to NFL Network's Mike Giardi about Tennessee choosing Tannehill over Brady while throwing in some funny jabs at the ex-Pats QB.

Read what Lewan had to say in Giardi's tweet below:

Lewan is quite the character.

It's clear the Titans have tremendous faith in Tannehill, and it's hard to blame them after seeing how he performed last season. The 31-year-old finished the campaign with the highest passer rating of all QBs (117.5) while tossing 22 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.