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NFL Notebook: Like Brett Favre before him, Tom Brady likely needed to leave to have successful final act

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

(I was saving this for tomorrow but draft research is taking me longer and longer so we'll run RBs on Saturday/Sunday.)

Look, I think we can all admit that the "reasons" Tom Brady does anything — from skipping OTAs to now skipping out of Brookline for St. Jetersberg — are moving targets. Depending on what's going on at the time and who he's talking to, Brady's stated motivations publicly and through acolytes can change direction as quickly as a Julian Edelman on an option route.

I mean, if you believe the only or biggest reason Brady stopped showing up in the offseason was marital/family issues, and that it was "just time" for him to leave New England, then I have some prime mangrove swamps down the street from the Bradys to sell you.

I mean, Brady just needed his freedom ... to market himself.

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1248615739021340672

But in the end, this was actually the right move for Brady — and took Brett Lorenzo Favre to bring it home for me.

We'll get to that in a second, but first some words on Brady's shifting reasoning for ... well, a lot of things.