It could happen. Says who? Shalise Manza Young:
The history of the New England Patriots can be broken down into two distinct phases: BTB – Before Tom Brady – and ATB – After Tom Brady. But Brady has been with the Patriots for 17 years, and has seen plenty of his high-profile teammates, from Lawyer Milloy to Richard Seymour to Logan Mankins to, this week, Jamie Collins, shipped elsewhere – and he knows he could be too someday.
Brady is 39 and shows no sign of slowing down. Brady himself:
Yeah, absolutely. You can’t be around this long and not realize that the world will keep spinning and the sun will come up tomorrow without you. That’s just the way it goes. I think you enjoy just the experiences that you have, but also understand that it just keeps going on. It could happen to anybody. You just have to show up to work, do the best you can do every day, and let your performance just try to speak for itself.
End of discussion. When the stats are not there, the player soon goes away.