Joe Montana has advice for Tom Brady on the next stage of his career

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By Alex Barth,

Tom Brady's childhood idol has weighed in on his impending free agency.

When asked by NFL Media's Michael Silver what advice he would give Brady upon joining a new team, Joe Montana replied "Don't [leave] if you don't have to."

Montana went on to detail his struggles with joining the Kansas City Chiefs after spending 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

"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 ... They still want to see you come in and be the same player and be that loyal to them as you were to the other team you just left. So, it's not easy [for] guys looking at that change, especially at the quarterback position."

Montana also noted that Brady not be afforded a major advantage he himself had when he switched teams.

"I was fortunate because [former 49ers quarterbacks coach] Paul Hackett was there running the offense, and so I was pretty familiar with probably three-quarters of the offense going in. And, if they let [Brady] have his own offense [with a new team], yeah, that makes it a little bit easier. But still, the transition of moving ..."

The four-time Super Bowl champion added he's still not sold on the idea that Brady could hit the open market.

"I just can't see how they would let him leave there, myself."

As Brady weighs his decisions for 2020, could hearing all of this from the quarterback he looked up to as a kid possibly sway his mind? There's still time before he needs to come up with an answer. Brady can't start negotiating with other NFL teams until the legal tampering period begins on March 16, and his contract officially expires on March 18 when the new league year begins.

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