Could Tom Brady Ever Play for the San Francisco 49ers in the Future?

Shawn OwensAnalyst IJanuary 8, 2011

Tom Brady to end his career in San Francisco.....Why not?
Tom Brady to end his career in San Francisco.....Why not?

Why couldn't Tom Brady, the Patriots' franchise quarterback, play for another team at the end of his career? Joe Montana was the 49ers' franchise QB and played for the Chiefs to end his career. Favre played 16 seasons for the Packers and finished with the Jets and Vikings. Craig Morton (who's that?) played for the Cowboys but finished with the Giants.

So why would it be so far-fetched to think that Tom Brady couldn't do it as well?

Tom Brady of the San Francisco 49ers.  Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?  I bet if you asked Tom Brady, he has said those same words thousands of times growing up in the Bay Area. 

Now, no one is pushing Tom Brady out of New England, and if Robert Kraft has his way, Tom Brady will go to his grave with a Patriots uniform on.  However, if Tom Brady is in his late 30's to early 40's and still playing well with an expiring contract on a bad Pats team, Tom Brady to the 49ers is a possibility.

Tom Brady grew up watching his hometown team, the San Francisco 49ers.  He has seen countless games at Candlestick Park. Tom Brady has never played in San Francisco as a pro, but what a way to end his pro career by playing in his hometown area in front of his family and friends every weekend. 

By then, the 49ers may be back in control of the NFC, new coach Jim Harbaugh may be heading towards the Hall of Fame as the next great Bill Belichick and all will be right with the NFL again.

I am not in favor of Hall of Fame players switching teams that they have been on their whole careers, but what a great way to end a career, playing on the team that you dreamed about playing on since you were a boy growing up?  Maybe Tom Brady can  can match Craig Morton and Curt Warner as being the only quaterbacks to start a Super Bowl with two different teams and who knows maybe Tom Brady could be the first to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.