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Tom Brady knows playoffs could be last hurrah for some members of Patriots

Ryan Hannable
January 03, 2019 - 4:01 pm
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FOXBORO -- For some Patriots, these upcoming playoffs could mark the end of their careers in New England.

Whether it is wide receivers Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett becoming free agents, Rob Gronkowski potentially retiring, or Josh McDaniels perhaps taking a head-coaching job, it could be the end of the road for some. Being around for so long, Tom Brady knows that. 

When speaking Thursday, the quarterback acknowledged there is change every year in the NFL and this year likely will be no different.

"I think that every year things change in the NFL," he said. "Really, this 2018 team won’t be the same as the 2019 and the 2017 team wasn’t the same as this team and the 2016 team wasn’t the same as the 2017 team. I think one thing that’s certain in the NFL is change and coaches, players, I don’t think it’s a big secret that people are just moving on. Different people leave for different reasons. Over the years, I’ve seen it all, 19 years. You just do the best you can do. When you sign up to be a part of the team, you give everything you can to help the team win and I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about this organization."

From this viewpoint, Hogan seems unlikely come back, while there's a very real chance Gronkowski retires. So yes, this very well could be the last hurrah for some longtime members of the team and Brady knows it.

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