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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.

A very Tom Brady Christmas: QB posts annual holiday greeting on social media

A very Tom Brady Christmas: QB posts annual holiday greeting on social media

Tom Brady played it pretty straight in his Christmas greeting on social media this year.

After getting romantic in 2017 and again last year with wife Gisele Bundchen in his Instagram Christmas greeting, the Patriots quarterback kept his holiday message short and to the point in a video he shared on Twitter and Instagram on Christmas afternoon.

Of course, dropping the snowball fight clip from "Elf" was a nice touch.

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Brady will be throwing footballs in what could be his final regular-season game as a Patriot on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins (4-11) at Gillette Stadium. A victory clinches a first-round playoff bye for the Pats (12-3). 

Is Tom Brady leaving Twitter after ruthless roast of Darren Rovell?

Is Tom Brady leaving Twitter after ruthless roast of Darren Rovell?

Tom Brady, in the midst of a prolifically long playing career, may have just ended his prolifically short Twitter career.

The New England Patriots quarterback joined the social media platform just over a week ago with an April Fools' Day retirement joke that fooled, well, nobody.

But on Tuesday, Brady appeared to announce his departure from Twitter ... by absolutely roasting The Action Network's Darren Rovell.

Rovell thought it would be wise to tweet out a three-minute video of himself dancing to "One Shining Moment" ahead of Monday night's NCAA title game. Apparently the clip was so painstaking that it drove Brady to get off Twitter entirely.

If this really was Brady's last Twitter hurrah, he left behind quite the legacy: 15 tweets in nine days -- including an encouraging message for Ryan Shazier and a humorous exchange with Aqib Talib -- and roughly 378,000 followers, which averages to 42,000 followers per day.

If you're still looking for your Brady social media fix, the 41-year-old QB has you covered, as he's posted three times on Instagram over the last two days.

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