Speaking about the trade of guard Logan Mankins for the first time Tuesday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show that he's "moved on" from losing his veteran teammate.
New England sent Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. It was reported last week Brady was initially "very upset" with the trade.
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“I haven’t really spoken to anybody about it,” Brady said. “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. I love Logan, 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."
"I don’t think [losing teammates has] 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."
Brady and Mankins were teammates on the Patriots since New England selected the offensive lineman in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. A five-time All-Pro selection, Mankins signed a six-year contract with New England in 2011.
The Patriots open the season Sunday at the Miami Dolphins.
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