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Why Rodney Harrison is happy for Tom Brady after QB's Patriots departure

Why Rodney Harrison is happy for Tom Brady after QB's Patriots departure

Several of Tom Brady contemporaries have admitted they were surprised to see the quarterback leave the New England Patriots after 20 seasons.

But Brady's former teammate knows better.

Ex-Patriots safety Rodney Harrison joined NBC Sports' Mike Tirico during Tuesday's edition of "Lunch Talk Live" to explain what may have motivated Brady to bolt for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

 

"It's very difficult to play for Coach (Bill) Belichick," Harrison said. "Coach Belichick is a stickler when it comes to preparation, attention to detail, discipline, being on time, all those different things. So imagine (Brady) being married to Coach Belichick for 20 years."

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Brady will experience a much different head coach in Tampa with the player-friendly Bruce Arians. Beyond a change in coaches, though, Harrison is glad his former QB was able to test the open market after two decades of contract battles with New England.

"I'm happy because Tom got an opportunity to experience free agency," Harrison said. "There's nothing like free agency, Mike. You get a chance to really get to know who likes you and what people think of you. And I'm just happy that Tom was able to experience that."

Whatever you think of Brady and Belichick's relationship when they parted ways, Harrison believes the 42-year-old QB was right to control his own destiny and seek opportunities elsewhere rather than continue to try to make things work with the Patriots.

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Brady and Belichick also have the chance to prove they can win without the other. Just don't take the debate over who meant more to the Patriots' success to Harrison.

"I think it's stupid," Harrison said. "Because no matter how good those guys were together, guess what? They weren't very good without Tedy Bruschi, Ted Johnson, Richard Seymour, Richard Seymour, Willie McGinest.

"I just think it's such an injustice to all the great players that have come in and really made major contributions to those championships. It's not just Brady. It's not just Belichick."

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Tom Brady has lent his name, voice, and stature when players have had issues with the NFL in the past. In 2011, the then-Patriots quarterback was among 10 players who sued the NFL in federal court in an antitrust lawsuit asking to prevent a lawsuit.

And now, one of Brady's NFL brethren is asking the now-Bucs QB to step up again.

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted at Brady Thursday night, imploring the future Hall of Famer to step up and lend his voice on calls with the NFL.

While Landry didn't specify what he was asking Brady to speak up about, the NFL and NFLPA have been discussing a litany of issues regarding the upcoming 2020 season, which is only two months away.

A variety of medical and testing protocol questions amid the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be resolved, and the league's ban on postgame jersey swaps was widely lampooned by players on Thursday.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran even suggested that the league should postpone the season by a month while it gets its business in order, but for now Landry wants one of the league's most prominent players to assist in the process.

He explained why he called out Brady specifically in a response to a tweet criticizing him for his original post. (Warning: NSFW language below.)

Whether or not Brady lends his voice, the time to figure out all of the roadblocks to a 2020 season is rapidly running out. Rookies are scheduled to report to training camps a week from Sunday.