5 Players the New England Patriots gave up on way too early

Curtis Martin #28 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Curtis Martin #28 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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The New England Patriots have been fortunate in recent memory to have had great players at their disposal, but there are a few that they let go sooner than they should have. 

You hate to see a team let go of a player, and said player’s release turns out to be a massive blunder. The New England Patriots are no exception.

The Foxborough Faithful are largely used to the modern day, where the franchise captured six Super Bowl titles and made nine appearances in the big game. There are also the days when the franchise was largely a disaster, even with two Super Bowl appearances.

Still, looking back on history, while painful in many ways, is a source of gaining knowledge and understanding that while there has been more good than bad, nothing is perfect.

Let’s look at some decisions that really messed things up in Foxborough.

The New England Patriots made several bad decisions by letting certain players go and looking back on them regretfully.

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ATLANTA, USA – FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady quarterback for the New England Patriots, in action during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams by the score of 13-03. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images) /

No. 5: Letting Tom Brady walk away after the 2019 season

Yeah, this makes it on the list. Whatever the circumstances were, the fact that they let the greatest player in franchise history go is a decision that is still painful for the folks in New England. It doesn’t matter how long he stayed; a legitimate argument can be made that Tom Brady should have never left the Patriots, to begin with, and should have retired in the blue.

Whatever the case is, the story is over, and he will be honored by the team this season in Week One. To make matters worse, at least on the football side of things, in the only meeting Brady ever had against his former team, the Buccaneers won 19-17, this after a season where Brady won Super Bowl MVP, beating Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes in the process. Ouch.