For the first time in his illustrious career, Tom Brady appears to be headed towards testing the free-agent market. That has created much uncertainty around his future with the New England Patriots, with the possibility that he may have played his final game with the organization. There have been many to weigh in on the situation, which now includes UFC president Dana White, who has pinpointed one team as the one landing spot for the future Hall of Famer.
Tom Brady’s upcoming free agency
Throughout much of the 2019 season, the conversation around Brady‘s long-term future with the Patriots has stayed relevant.
That chatter has persisted as the year wore on that saw the 42-year-old voice after New England’s early-playoff exit that he doesn’t know what lies ahead of him with the only franchise that he has ever played for in the NFL. The only thing that has remained clear is that he wants to play at least another season.
What has muddied things up further was head coach Bill Belichick voicing that he didn’t want to comment on Brady’s upcoming free agency. There was also chatter that his family suite in Gilette Stadium was cleaned out like it has never been before.
On top of that, reports have surfaced that the six-time Super Bowl champion will head into free agency with an “open mind” to all the possibilities that could lie ahead. It paints the picture that he really could be on his way out of New England if another option is more intriguing at this point in his career.
There is another team being floated around as a possible landing spot due to what transpired at UFC 246.
Dana White’s Prediction for Tom Brady
McGregor’s return to the octagon at UFC 246 in Las Vegas drew a star-studded crowd of professional athletes and notable figures in the realm.
Among those was Brady as his presence at the event drew White’s eye as he pinpointed in the press conference following it that he believes that the three-time league MVP could play with the Raiders next season. That was due to him having a lengthy conversation with the team’s owner Mark Davis on Saturday night.
White isn’t a verified source, but the fact that he saw that shows that he was keen to Brady deciding to speak to Davis publicly. It’s going to give off the vibe that he has an interest in joining the Raiders, which would be a big-splash move for the team in their first official season in Las Vegas at their new stadium.
Could the Raiders make a run at Tom Brady?
Following his second season under head coach Jon Gruden, there are serious questions about former Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr’s long-term future with the Raiders.
Gruden has spoken quite vaguely about Carr remaining the team’s answer under center. He’s set to enter the third year of his five-year, $125 million deal, which has a $21 million cap hit for the 2020 season. However, the 28-year-old has only a $5 million dead cap hit if the team chooses to cut or trade him this upcoming offseason.
The Raiders are projected to have around $60 million in salary-cap space to utilize in the coming months. That would give them enough financial flexibility to ink Brady to a deal to his liking while being able to spend elsewhere to bulk up the roster further.
Any other time, the possibility of the Raiders being an option would be out of the picture. Still, it’s becoming clear Brady is going to explore all the potential opportunities, and that could very well include the Silver and Black.