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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Updated: September 3, 4:55 PM ET
Brady: Mankins was Patriots football

By Mike Reiss
ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Tuesday that he's "moving on" after the surprising trade of offensive lineman Logan Mankins last week.

"I haven't really spoken to anybody about it, so I have my own personal feelings that are very personal to me," Brady said during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan" program.

I dealt with whatever feelings I had last week, but I've moved on. I have to move on, because that's what this team expects me to do.

- Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback,
on the Logan Mankins trade

"I love Logan. Logan was a great friend of mine. Nobody stood for Patriots football more than him. ... I dealt with whatever feelings I had last week, but I've moved on. I have to move on, because that's what this team expects me to do."

The Patriots traded Mankins, a six-time Pro Bowl guard, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick in 2015.

Brady was asked if it has become any easier for him over his 15-year career to rationalize how the business side of the game works.

"Absolutely not," he responded. "I'm a very person-to-person type of person, a very emotional person. I don't think those things have ever gotten easier for me. I don't think they ever will. But you have to come to grips with it also, and learn to deal with things in a mature way.

"We, as players, it's the business side of things. We're out there to play, we're not out there to run businesses. We're there to enjoy the camaraderie with our teammates, enjoy the playing experience with our teammates, and play for one another. And you deal with whatever comes up and then you move forward.

"I think that's part of the sport. ... I know it's going to happen next year too, I know it's going to happen the year after that, the year after that. For as long as you continue playing, you're going to be dealing with this."