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Tom Brady takes high road when addressing split with Patriots

Tom Brady participated in a conference call Tuesday to make his first on-the-record comments to the media since officially signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Despite reports that some acrimony existed between himself and the Patriots organization regarding issues that precipitated his stunning departure, Brady elected to take the high road when weighing in on the split.

Amid Brady’s departure last week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft made some interesting remarks about the situation. While Kraft praised Brady on several fronts last week, he also noted it was the veteran quarterback’s decision to leave and that the team would have figured out a way to make it work had he wanted to stay.

Brady appeared to reference such comments during his Tuesday conference call, as relayed by Greg Auman of The Athletic.

The new Bucs quarterback also made it clear he has nothing but respect for the entire Patriots organization following a two-decade dynastic run that included six Super Bowl victories.

Auman went on to summarize his overall impression of the half-hour conference call.

Brady obviously is eager to being the next chapter of his NFL career, but before making it clear his time with the Patriots ought to be left in the past, he did admit leaving the only organization he’s every known was a “very emotional” experience. That should hardly come as any surprise.

That being said, in a riff on Bill Belichick’s infamous line, “It’s on to Tampa” for Brady, and he knows it.