KEY POINTS

  • Joe Montana urges Tom Brady to stay in New England
  • Montana reasons Brady may find it difficult to adjust to a new team
  • Brady's years as a starter may be numbered

Tom Brady has yet to decide on his NFL future, with the 42-year-old quarterback set to explore the NFL free-agent market. This is despite New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft saying they would welcome him back with open arms.

At his age, Brady may be crossing a delicate line should he join another NFL team. But if there is anyone who could probably give him the best advice, it would be Joe Montana. The 63-year-old NFL great is someone Brady looks up to, and Montana recently gave his take on the six-time Super Bowl champion's situation, NFL.com reported.

"Don't, if you don't have to," said Montana, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, who are coincidentally set to play at Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2.

The reason the NFL legend said this is pretty simple. It would be hard to adjust to a new environment and get accepted. Despite the accolades Brady has garnered, the whole thing of getting acclimatized is a process.

"It's not easy to go to another team and get accepted, no matter how much success you've had and how many years you've played," he said.

With most NFL teams geared towards giving younger players more playing time, it would be hard to see Brady retain a starting role at this point. His chances of doing so remain high with the Patriots considering New England has no worth quarterback to rely on for now.

Kraft has openly said that he would love to bring back Brady, given the chance. But the decision remains Brady's to make. In a report from TMZ, the Pats owner said that he plans to bring the four-time Super Bowl MVP if he is not retiring.

Brady did not actually have a stellar 2019-20 NFL season. He was a woeful sight against the Tennessee Titans where he threw for only 209 yards. He failed to score a single touchdown in that game.

Several teams have been linked to Brady, ones that could be open to giving him a shot. The list includes the Los Angeles Chargers and the Oakland Raiders although he could eventually end up playing backup if his performance does not pan up. Much of this was discussed in a previous post.

Tom Brady New England Patriots Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images