With free agency quickly approaching, the focus has been directly on star quarterback Tom Brady‘s upcoming decision. Several teams have put their names in the hat to make a strong push to land Brady this offseason. Among those potentially interested teams has been the Las Vegas Raiders, who have been linked to the six-time Super Bowl champion over the last several weeks. Head coach Jon Gruden has once again weighed in on the matter this week in hopes of putting that chatter to bed.
Raiders linked to Tom Brady
Since the end of the 2019 season for the New England Patriots, there has been a strong level of uncertainty around Brady’s future with the franchise.
The 42-year-old has stayed the course of voicing that he doesn’t know what to expect this upcoming offseason. He has also expressed that he’s going to explore his options on the open market, which has put forth what could be a realistic chance he departs from the only team has played for in the NFL.
Meanwhile, the Raiders have remained in the picture as it began with Brady talking to team owner Mark Davis back in January at a UFC event in Las Vegas. In the week that have followed, both Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock have made some intriguing comments at the Scouting Combine that they plan to improve at every position, including the quarterback spot.
It has put more fuel to the fire for the rumors around the Raiders’ potential interest in Brady this offseason, which Gruden has recently addressed once again.
Jon Gruden’s comments on Raiders’ quarterback situation
Throughout the last several weeks, there have been some questions concerning the Raiders’ belief that former Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr can lead them to success. The first two years in Gruden’s offensive system, the Raiders have struggled to break through to get to the playoffs.
With Brady potentially available in free agency this offseason, it has put on the table the team’s possible interest in acquiring him. That dialogue has stayed around the franchise, and Gruden’s frustratedly answered the questions another time, which he voiced his support for Carr as their long-term future under center, according to John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Asked about the team’s interest in Tom Brady, Gruden said, “You’re killing me, man” while making a Chucky face. He went on, “We love our quarterback. Our quarterback’s a really good player, Derek Carr. I want to reiterate that to everybody here in Vegas. We’ve got a good, young quarterback, and the film, the statistics and analytics prove it.”
Pivoting to the team’s other players, Gruden added, “We’re going to be in the market to try to improve at every position. That’s what we’re gonna do.”
It’s hard to truly interpret Gruden’s comments as he may be playing it straight to avoid any further chatter from stemming from his words. That said, his stance is clear that the Raiders will be busy this offseason looking to improve the team any way they can to get back into the playoffs.
Will the addition of Brady spark that? That is yet to be seen, but if the front office and Gruden believe that will make the team better, a strong run the future Hall of Famer could be in the books.
Could Tom Brady wind up a Raider?
Among all the possibilities this offseason, Brady inking a deal with the Raiders would draw the most attention.
There are plenty of reasons why it could appease him with the new stadium and a chance to prove he can continue to compete for Super Bowls away from Bill Belichick. The Raiders have the financial means to offer him what he would be looking to garner in his next deal, but it may all come down to whether Oakland provides him the best chance to win.
What could also play against them is the fact that they play in the same division as reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Ultimately, Brady will be eyeing the team that provides him the best chance to compete for another Super Bowl in these final few years of his career.