Throughout the last several weeks, the talk around star quarterback Tom Brady‘s expected free agency has been the central focus for the offseason. It will be the first time that he explores the open market in his illustrious career that could see him decide to join another franchise. The New England Patriots may have a say in the matter, but Brady has the ultimate control of what he wants to do in this next chapter. That said, it appears that the Las Vegas Raiders may have just put their name in the hat to vie for Brady’s services in free agency.
Raiders’ quarterback situation
When the Raiders hired Jon Gruden as their next head coach, it immediately sparked questions about Derek Carr’s long-term future.
The team had just inked Carr to a massive five-year, $125 million deal to keep him in place under center for the foreseeable future. However, things haven’t exactly progressed in the manner hoped under Gruden as they have fallen short of reaching the playoffs in each campaign.
Carr is entering the third year of his deal that runs through the 2022 season. The team’s shortcomings, coupled with the former Pro Bowler’s contract being more feasible to move off ($7.9 million dead cap hit) has created chatter he could be out this offseason.
Since suffering a broken leg in the 2016 season, he has struggled to recapture anywhere near that elite form. Instead, Carr’s play has been quite conservative while his production hasn’t matched what his salary would suggest it should be.
Questions around his future have remained prominent, and the Raiders may have just tipped their hand on their pursuit of one certain future Hall of Fame quarterback in free agency.
Raiders subtly hint at pursuing Tom Brady
It has become no secret that the Raiders have interest in potentially going after Brady if he does elect to head into free agency. The team is heading into a new stadium in Las Vegas, while Gruden would have a tremendous desire to coach Brady.
These aspirations may have subtly been confirmed at the Scouting Combine on Tuesday morning as general manager Mike Mayock discussed Carr while also suggesting that every position will be evaluated this offseason, including the quarterback spot.
That may be reading a bit more into it than what Mayock suggested, but it’s clear that the team wants to improve in any way possible. If Brady’s on the open market in the coming weeks, best believe the Raiders will be in the mix laying everything out to land him.
Las Vegas is dead set on getting back into the playoffs and potentially much further than that, and adding Brady to the mix would be a huge step forward. At this point, there is no indication that the 42-year-old shares that same interest aside from him talking to team owner Mark Davis last month at a UFC event. Nonetheless, these comments from Mayock are quite intriguing.
Will Tom Brady seriously consider joining the Raiders?
It has become quite clear that Brady is firmly set on going through free agency for the time in his career as he previously voiced that he wants to explore his options.
There will be several teams aside from the Raiders and Patriots such as the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans in the picture to land him. Each presents a unique situation, but what may win Brady over is the long-term security along with a team that is ready to win now.
The Raider may not have reached the playoffs last year, but they took some steps forward. If they can satisfy these two areas in Brady’s mind, Las Vegas could become a realistic landing spot.