Tom Brady said Tuesday that his main goal is to move on after the departure of his good friend and offensive lineman Logan Mankins.
“I haven’t really spoken to anybody about it,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” program. “I have my own personal feelings that obviously are very personal to me. Whatever those are, I just want our team to be the best it can be for this year.”
Last week, the Patriots traded the six-time Pro-Bowl guard Mankins to the Buccaneers for second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round 2015 draft pick. The move came as a surprise to many, including Brady.
“I love Logan,” Brady said. “Logan was a great friend of mine. Nobody stood for Patriot football more than him. But he’s moved on. I hope he’s happy. We’ll keep in touch.”
Right now, Brady is focused on preparing for the Patriots’ season opener against the Dolphins.
Brady has seen many close friends come and go during his 15-year career, including fellow quarterback Ryan Mallett on Sunday. It doesn’t get any easier, he said, even though it happens frequently.
“I’m a very person-to-person type of person,” he said. “I am a very emotional person. I don’t think those things have ever gotten easier for me. And I don’t think they ever will. But you’ve got to come to grips with it also, and learn to deal with things in a mature way.”
He said it would be difficult to ever part ways with the Patriots and that there’s nowhere he’d rather play.
“When I suck, I’ll retire. I don’t plan on sucking for a long time,” he said, laughing. “Hopefully that leads me to being here, and there’s no place I’d rather be.”
Brady also said he hopes tight end Rob Gronkowski is ready to play against the Dolphins, as Gronkowski indicated Monday. He said Gronkowski is not only a reliable target himself, but that his presence helps everyone else tremendously.
“When he’s out there, he’s obviously a great target because of his size, his speed, his agility, his ability to catch the football in traffic,” Brady said. “That’s what he’s done over the course of his career. That’s why he’s got so many touchdowns, because he’s got such a big catch radius that you put the ball in certain areas and he can go up and make the play.”
He said Wright caught his eye when he watched the Buccaneers play last season and that he’s excited to have him as a teammate.Trevor Hass can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @trevorhass.