There aren’t many players that can say they know what Tom Brady is dealing with, but Joe Montana is definitely one of them as he was traded by the San Francisco 49ers in the twilight of his legendary career.
Tom Brady was actually able to make his own decision when he decided to leave the New England Patriots and sign with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
The fact that the patriots didn’t seem to make that much of an attempt to keep him is what baffles Montana.
“I don’t know what’s going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake,” Montana told USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell on Wednesday.
A report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham pointed to the deteriorating relationship between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick as the primary reason while the two sides ultimately split.
“(Brady) wanted what everyone wants from an employer: to feel valued and to love work,” wrote Wickersham. “They seemed like reasonable asks – until Brady realized that in New England, under Bill Belichick, he might be asking the impossible.”
Montana also thinks Brady will actually be having fun with the Bucs, unlike his time with the Patriots.
“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.”
“No one will put more pressure on him to perform than himself,” said Montana.
Brady will be 43-years-old by the time the 2020 season begins.