Logan Mankins apparently wasn't as surprised as quarterback Tom Brady when the New England Patriots traded the veteran guard to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mankins, a three-time Patriots captain, was dealt Tuesday to the Bucs in exchange for tight end Tim Wright after nine seasons in New England and with Brady.

"Once you've been around this business long enough, everything is possible," Mankins said. "It's a business first and foremost, guys play it because they love it, but it is a business and if you don't understand that it's a business, then you're lying to yourself and you have to be prepared for whatever happens in this league at any time, and I think I'm always prepared.

"I didn't know it was going to happen the way it did, but it's not a shocker to me."

Mankins earned six Pro Bowl berths and five All-Pro selections during his time in New England. He also was selected to the Patriots' All-2000s and 50th Anniversary teams.

Reports surfaced after the trade that Brady was upset about losing Mankins.

"I've talked to Tom, I've talked to 99 percent of the team," Mankins said. "I'm not going to get into what he said, but we were good friends, we spent a lot of time and a lot of years together. I'll miss Tom for sure and I'll miss a lot of those guys.

"I had a lot of good friends there, a lot of coaches I was good friends with and it's a sad day to see I won't be with those guys. But I got new teammates here that I'm looking to develop relationships with and we'll see how it goes."

Reports indicated that the Patriots asked Mankins to take a pay cut from $6.25 million to less than $4 million, but he declined.

"If that's what they've told you guys, I don't know or not, but we had discussions and we just couldn't come to common ground and they made the move they did," Mankins said.

Mankins said he's still adjusting to his new surroundings in Tampa. There's an urgency to get acclimated to a new offense with the start of the regular season just around the corner.

"It's going to be tough. We have a week before the first game and I'm going to take it in stride," he said. "I've got all weekend to try and get down some of the mental part of it and then all next week at practice. I'm sure the guys are going to help me as much as possible and I'm going to try my best to be up to speed with those guys."