Richard Seymour gives take on Tom Brady leaving New England for Tampa Bay

Ryan Hannable
May 14, 2020 - 10:49 am

Not all great players start and finish their careers with the same team.

Richard Seymour can relate, as after eight seasons with the Patriots, the defensive end was traded to the Raiders where he played the final four years of his career. While Tom Brady chose to go to Tampa Bay this offseason, there are still some similarities.

Appearing on NBC Sports Boston's The Michael Holley Podcast, Seymour shared his thoughts on Brady joining the Bucs.

"I'll say this, I thought it was unexpected," he said. "I didn't see it happening, but I'll say this, Tom has earned that right. He's a guy that's always looking for new challenges, the ultimate competitor. I thought they would work it out and try to figure out a way to get it done, but it's a business and he's earned that right to test the market and see what's out there and how other organizations are ran, that sort of thing. Any time you go somewhere new, it brings out a new challenge -- new teammates, new coaches and a new system to learn. ... I think he's going to relish in that opportunity and I wish both of them well."

As for who he will be rooting for? It isn't an easy answer.

"Everyone always asks, 'Who are you going to pull for, the Patriots or Tom?' I think they can be mutually separate," Seymour said. "Tom's a lifelong friend. I've know him for 20-plus years, so you always want to see him succeed. Obviously, the Patriots drafted me and there's always a ton of respect for them and the winning culture. I have love in my heart for both." 

Seymour was named the 2020 Patriots Hall of Fame inductee this week.

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