Joe Montana perplexed by Patriots letting Tom Brady leave for Buccaneers

Justin Leger
NBC Sports Boston

In 1993, a young Tom Brady watched as his idol Joe Montana was traded by the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Twenty-six years later, it's Montana watching Brady end his 20-year New England Patriots tenure to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Even as someone with experience finishing an illustrious NFL career in an unfamiliar uniform, Montana can't wrap his head around Brady and the Patriots parting ways. The four-time Super Bowl champion explained his thoughts to Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports.

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"I don't know what's going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake," Montana said.

"I think when you look at the whole situation, you try to figure out how you want to get away from things that are there. I had a different story, where they had made a decision. He, obviously, they never would have gotten rid of. I still don't understand how New England let him get away. I don't understand that."

Those are some strong words from someone with plenty of credibility when it comes to this subject. If there's anyone who can relate to Brady right now, it's Montana.

While Montana is critical of the Patriots for letting Brady walk, he's aware the 42-year-old QB already had one foot out the door. He notes Brady wanted "more weapons" and "more control" on offense.

Although Brady throwing to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin is undoubtedly exciting for Tampa Bay, Montana issued a reminder that there could be some growing pains with the Buccaneers changing their scheme to fit their new QB.

"Sometimes you've got to be careful of what you wish for," Montana said. Sometimes you get it and it becomes a little more pressure if they don't perform. Those guys have put up some big numbers, but in a different style of offense. It'll be interesting to see what they mix in with what they did in New England with what they're going to do and continue to use and had success with in Tampa."

As difficult of a transition as it could be, Montana expects the change of scenery to refreshing for Brady as he embarks on his first season without Bill Belichick as his coach.

"I think it's going to be fun for him," Montana said. "Probably for the first time in a long time he'll be having fun, if I understand what he's been saying, or what I've been reading."

Brady had his introductory press conference with the Bucs on Tuesday.

Joe Montana perplexed by Patriots letting Tom Brady leave for Buccaneers originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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