Kyle Van Noy not surprised by Tom Brady leaving Patriots, but glad he's in NFC

Ryan Hannable
March 27, 2020 - 9:26 am

Tom Brady wasn't the only big name Patriot to depart for another team this offseason.

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One of the others was Kyle Van Noy, as the linebacker signed a massive deal with Miami to reunite with Brian Flores. He was introduced to the Miami media via Zoom on Thursday and of course was asked about Brady's decision.

Van Noy said he wasn't really surprised with Brady leaving New England after 20 years, but is glad for his sake he ended up in the NFC.

“No," he said to reporters. "Given the fact of 20 years, given the fact that he didn’t get a contract done beforehand. I just felt like there were too many other teams – it would be hard to pass up an opportunity he would get in free agency where you can make some money, and I feel like he got what he deserves. Things didn’t work out, and I hope the best for him. I think he’s going to be good in Tampa. I’m just glad he’s in the NFC, that’s for sure.”

As for the Patriots and how they will do without him, Van Noy doesn't think much will change.

“I think they’ll always be the Patriots with the kind of players they have up there," he said. "Obviously losing a quarterback is tough, but they still have a really good set of football players up there that love football, that are going to be hungry to prove to a lot of people that they’re still in it, and that’s what they do up there.”

Since he stayed in the AFC East, Van Noy will face his former team twice next season, along with Elandon Roberts and Ted Karras -- who also joined the Dolphins last week.

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