Based on the conversation he had with Brady in February, though, maybe he should have seen the QB's exit coming.
During an interview Wednesday on ESPN 97.5 Houston's "Jake Asman Show," Montana revealed he talked with Brady at Super Bowl LIV and got the sense the 20-year veteran didn't like his situation.
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"I spoke to Tom while we were back at the Super Bowl," Montana said. "I don't think he was happy with the way things were progressing there and his ability to have input, and I think that was a big decision for him to make to leave there."
Joe Montana told me on the @JakeAsmanShow that he was "shocked" to see Tom Brady leave the Patriots.— Jake Asman (@JakeAsman) August 12, 2020
Montana also revealed that during a conversation at the Super Bowl with Brady he thought that Tom wasn't happy with New England/Belichick for not letting him have "input" pic.twitter.com/w9x9zHP0cK
Our Tom E. Curran and others have reported that Brady wasn't thrilled about having less of a say in the Patriots' offensive game plan last season, especially after New England mustered just 13 points in a Wild Card Round loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Montana's recollection of his conversation with Brady -- the two QBs were part of an "NFL 100" pregame ceremony at Super Bowl LIV -- certainly lends credence to those reports and suggests Brady was ready to move on from the Patriots after 20 seasons.
It sounds like the 43-year-old quarterback picked the right destination, too: Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich apparently joked that all he has to do with Brady under center is "get out of the way."
Joe Montana: Tom Brady hinted at displeasure with Patriots at Super Bowl LIV originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston