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Tom Brady on Logan Mankins: 'Nobody stood for Patriot football more than him'

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has seen many teammates and close friends come and go in his long career as the star quarterback in the NFL. Last week’s trade that sent All-Pro guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an affect on Brady as it was reported that he was “very upset” about the trade. On his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show on Tuesday, Brady opened up about the trade and said in the interview that he has “moved on” from the trade.

The Patriots received tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick in the trade. Although Brady was given another weapon to throw to with the deal, it was tough seeing Mankins go. The two have played together since Mankins was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Brady definitely understands the business aspect of the game, but it was tough not to get emotional.

He told Dennis and Callahan, “I haven’t really spoken to anybody about it. I have my own personal feelings that obviously are vey 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.”

The 37-year-old quarterback has already set his sights on the team’s Week 1 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. It will be touch not having Mankins on the offensive line protecting him, but the game goes on. He continued, “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.”