New England Patriots

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots talks with Hall of Famer Joe Montana prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Perhaps nobody on the outside understands what Tom Brady has gone through in recent months more than Joe Montana.

Montana turned the San Francisco 49ers into an NFL blue blood franchise, but was then traded in the twilight of his career. While Brady’s similar path didn’t end with a trade, Montana is still putting the blame on the organization.

“I don’t know what’s going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake,” Montana told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, talking about Brady deciding to leave in free agency. “I still don’t understand how New England let him get away. I don’t understand that.”

While Montana is left scratching his head in regards to what happened to the Patriots, he believes the grass will be greener for Brady on the other side.

“I think it’s going to be fun for him,” Montana remarked, referencing reports about a rift between Brady and coach Bill Belichick. “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.”

While Montana does have the closest experience to anybody of what Tom Brady is going through right now, he also predicted back in February that Brady would stay in New England. So you can take this all with a grain of salt.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at