Report: Raiders to pursue Tom Brady in free agency

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Derek Carr won’t appreciate this one.

The Raiders plan to pursue Tom Brady if he hasn’t signed a new contract with the Patriots before free agency starts next month, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It’s easy to see why: The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas and want to open their new stadium in their new home with a splash, and nothing would be splashier than signing the man widely regarded as the greatest player in NFL history. Raiders coach Jon Gruden has long been an admirer of Brady.

Last month, Brady and Raiders owner Mark Davis were seen chatting at a UFC event in Las Vegas. Although it would violate league rules if Davis said or did anything to express interest in Brady before the start of free agency, their discussion at the UFC fight raised questions about whether Davis wanted to sign Brady, and those questions didn’t sit well with Carr.

But whether Carr likes it or not, if Gruden, Davis and Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock think they can improve their roster by replacing Carr, they’ll do it. And signing Brady would be a major coup for Las Vegas.

83 responses to “Report: Raiders to pursue Tom Brady in free agency

  1. Miami is yesterdays news cycle…onto the Raiders….do they even have the cash to sign him? they didnt have it for Mack…

  2. 2019 Raiders offense : 313 points in 16 games.

    Brady’s offense with either Troy Browns, or Deion Branch, or Reche Caldwell : 380 points in 16 games.

  3. If Tom wants to prove he can win without Bill, he may want to avoid the team that has only one winning season in the last 18 years.

  4. Carr is scheduled to make $25 million a year in 2020. He has shown that he is not a winning quarterback, since he has a lifetime record below .500 and he has a win-loss record below .500 under Gruden. Worse, he has shown that he may not have the intelligence required to be a winning quarterback. He fumbled the ball 2 different times trying to reach for the goal line with one hand holding the football. He threw the ball completely out of the end zone on 4th and goal in the game against the Titans, with his team down by 21 points. Looks like he is more worried about throwing an interception in that situation. That is what a quarterback who cares more about his stats than his team.

    The Raiders may not be the only team pursuing Tom Brady. The Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, and perhaps even the New Orleans Aints may be interested.

  5. xbam says:
    February 2, 2020 at 12:36 pm
    Miami is yesterdays news cycle…onto the Raiders….do they even have the cash to sign him? they didnt have it for Mack…
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    Exactly.
    My prediction is that the Raiders will say there have been no discussions about bringing Brady to LV.

  6. From what I saw last year Carr may actually be the better QB, at least has the potential to be. Maybe they can work out a trade between the Pats and Raiders. I’d be very interested in watching a Belichik + Carr team develop. Brady + Gruden would be interesting as well, but for entirely different reasons.

  7. xbam says:
    February 2, 2020 at 12:36 pm
    Miami is yesterdays news cycle…onto the Raiders….do they even have the cash to sign him? they didnt have it for Mack…

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    About $55 mil in cap space plus you would have to assume they would move Carr and his $$$ so plenty of money. They made Mack an offer that at the time would have made him the highest paid defensive player in league history and received no response from him or his agent. He didn’t want to be in Oakland.

  8. IMO if Brady goes to another AFC team it will be some place with an established defense and some talent at the wideout position. And that puts both Jags and Dolphins in radar.

  9. After all the Brady hate since the tuck rule game, now Raiders fans want to embrace Brady?

    Proof that much of the hate the haters spew is envy, not hate.

  10. lol. Like Brady would ruin his dynasty and sign with the Raiders. If he’s leaving the Pats, he’s signing with a SB contender that’s a QB away.

  11. He’s staying in NE but as a Raiders fan I wouldn’t mind. I’ve long been a Carr supporter but even with his inflated stats which look good on paper,it might be time to move on.

  12. If he’s really being offered $30+ million a year this is music to Bill Belichick’s ears. I can guarantee he didn’t want him back at $20 million.

  13. Offer him $40 million for one year. It would be a marketing bonanza! Raider #12 jerseys would outsell the next 10 combined. Brady would be a bigger celebrity that his wife. He is already considered the GOAT in football, why not ride into the sunset like no other has! I hope he leaves the pats.

  14. No state income tax in Nevada vs. 5% in Massachusetts.
    Big difference when talking millions of dollars.
    5% of say 20 million is 1 million.

  15. I don’t see TB12 leaving. I believe his year to year contract is about the ability to stop when he wants and to have a say in the roster. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he can threaten to go elsewhere. I can’t see him in a new offense, and it takes receivers way too long to learn the offense he is used to, as was demonstrated by guys continually being in the wrong place this year. He will stay in NE and they will have to pay him more and get him some guys like Danny Amendola back.

  16. Ain’t happening, at least for 2020, and maybe not even 2021. The Pats will offer just enough of a one or two year deal, for Stidham could do with at least another year’s upbringing. And if Brady makes it thru 2021 I’d suspect he’d would rather retire a Patriot than move, and def not to Vegas – the only towns I can see Gisele ever wanting to move to would be LA or NY.

  17. 2019 Raiders offense : 313 points in 16 games.

    Brady’s offense with either Troy Browns, or Deion Branch, or Reche Caldwell : 380 points in 16 games.
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    So…… 2019 Raiders, right? What year was it when Brady had Brown, Branch, or Caldwell? Just curious because Brady is going to be 43 next year.

  18. Lets just say the Raiders do sign Brady, the Raiders do visit the Patriots in 2020.
    It would be very interesting to see how that would play out.
    You probably have the loyal Brady fans on the fence, do I cheer or boo for Brady.

  19. Seriously did any of you actually watch Carr play?
    He has the worst WRs in the NFL … the most dropped passes.
    If you think Brady is going to a team that had worst WRs than the Pats … you need your head examined.

  20. If the Refs had not taken away that TD from the Pats to help the Chiefs, the Pats are in the SB again. The difference between winning and losing is not much.

  21. mushmouthbuffalokancerQB12 says:
    February 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    Carr is better than Brady at this point
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    Over half the league is better than Brady.

  22. I’m not sure if this has any chance of happening if reports are true that Kraft is offering Brady $30MM to stay in NE…but it is crystal clear that Gruden doesn’t see Carr as his guy, and never has.

    Gruden and Carr are just not a good mix…Carr’s personality is all wrong for JG, and frankly for being a franchise QB. Gruden is blunt, sarcastic, jocular in the extreme…he works best with veteran players who can shrug it off and maybe even give it back a little.

    Carr is earnest, sensitive, polite…good qualities in most areas of life, but in the NFL most of the top QBs have an edge, a certain charisma that even Boy Scouts like Russell Wilson have – and this is utterly lacking in Carr.

    It’s just a matter of time before Gruden finds the right QB to replace Carr. The only thing that has stayed his hand thus far has been Carr’s contract, status as a former high draft pick, and generally competent play. I feel bad for Carr because he is a good guy and does have talent…but he’s all wrong for Gruden.

  23. It would be foolish to go after a 43 year old Brady it’s not like when Manning signed with Denver it’s like take one step forward two steps backwards if we sign him….

  24. The question is what this does to Raiders chances of signing other free agents, if they sign Brady for 2 years, $70M? Defense is a huge priority. Next, they will need to groom a younger QB since Brady will only be a bridge.

  25. Why not? Brady and Giselle could live in the penthouse of the MGM Grand rent free! Retirement would be great!

  26. What’s the point? I would be open to exploring QB options and Brady is the most successful QB in history but the Raiders need to depend on someone for a minimum of two years. I can’t imagine Brady making it that far.

  27. Jerry Rice was just voted greatest player in NFL history. Brady may be right up there but he’s not “widely regarded” as the greatest.

  28. dino2997 says:
    February 2, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    The Raiders over achieved past season. There isn’t enough talent there to entice Brady
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    You couldn’t be more wrong. With guys like Johnathan Abram, Arden Key, Isaiah Crowell, Karl Joseph and Marquel Lee hitting IR, and Burfict suspended for the season, We went 7-9 with scrubs off the street. You have NO idea how much talent this team has.

    Add to that $70M in cap space, TWO first round picks and three 3rd rounders with Mayock at the wheel, and if you’re not looking for the Raiders to contend for the playoffs next season, you’re not paying attention.

  29. IIf Brady leaves NE it’s gonna be like watching an old champion boxer go to wrestling !

  30. IIf Brady leaves NE it’s gonna be like watching an old champion boxer go to wrestling !
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    Brady wins intelligence, not athletic ability.

    Any QB who can do what does (THROW THE BALLS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME) can win multiple SB.

  31. Gruden is going to milk every year out of that contract. Once Brady is done he’ll draft a new QB and have three more years before “he has the team he wants.” Mark Davis is being played. Maybe if the Raiders had a top-flight receiver the last few years instead of trading away Cooper and relying on basket-case Brown, Carr’s stats would be a bit more impressive.
    Have fun Vegas – Brady will be just another over the hill entertainer willing to take an inflated salary from tourists willing to pay to watch past their prime talent.

  32. I don’t get it. I’m sorry if due to age you can debate who really would be better for the team, you don’t do this, this is just a dumb move.

  33. Kraft ain’t letting Brady go anywhere without an offer that breaks everyone else s bank. Brady has been a cheap date so the money is there and Tom knows it

  34. I can only dream of Tom Brady taking up a residency as a Las Vegas Raider. This would be a dream come true. Pass the popcorn because that would be insane. All Brady does is win and nothing else matters.

  35. Other than Josh Jacobs and Tyrell Williams, this would be a small improvement over his current situation of having no weapons in New England. At least the Chargers rumor makes sense with them having Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, Hunter Henry, and (possibly) Melvin Gordon. And I don’t even want Brady on the Chargers.

  36. Acquiring Brady at this point would be aoother publicity stunt for the Raiders. The guy is a HOF QB for sure but he is now in sharp decline skill-wise. New England got back to the playoffs in 2019 because of their defense and in spite of Brady’s decline.

    Perhaps Gruden thinks that Brady will be his next Rich Gannon but Gannon was 10 years younger and at the peak of his skills. Plus Gannon had experience in the ‘West Coast Offense’ that Gruden runs while it’s iffy if that system would work for Brady given that Belichick runs a much superior offensive system.

  37. I’m a Saints guy…. I think Tom would look good in black and gold. We can get rid of one HOF for another.

  38. nagyisterrible says:
    February 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I don’t think Mayock is dumb enough to go after this washed up system QB.

    ===================

    No but Gruden is. And Gruden is the one who is REALLY makes the personnel decisions. Mayock is GM in name only.

  39. It looks as though Carr’s days with the Raiders are numbered, no matter what. If Brady takes the job, Carr is through. And even if Brady doesn’t come to the Raiders, it’s obvious that Gruden isn’t satisfied with Carr and wants him replaced. Say goodbye, David. It’s essentially over for you with the Raiders.

  40. billswillneverwin says:
    February 2, 2020 at 2:16 pm
    The Raiders got fleeced in the Mack trade.
    **************************************
    Mack was in your backyard and you idiots passed on him, the Raiders drafted him and them parlayed him into a bonanza of young talent.

    Just lose baby.

  41. I like Derek. I really do. I think he should be the QB next year. But what bothers me most is how territorial and insecure he is about his place as the teams qb. The way he talks and what he does is sooo manipulative He literally sounds like my ex gf talking about how we this and we’re gonna do that and I’m the head of this team and we’re all on the same page. Hes trying to manipulate everyone into leaving him on the team with what he says and does. But he’s so insecure about it. He’s way too emotional about it and I get it. But the the great ones are like “hey it’s all a business and if they find someone better than me then that’s on me. I can only worry about what I can control”. Stop talking to the media Derek like they’re your mom or sister “I’m getting really tired of hearing this from him/them golly!” His post game press conferences just seem so phony and over emotional. It’s like he’s trying to build relationships w everyone on the media just like an insecure gf builds relationships w your kids and parents only to prove how much harder it would be to move on from them. There’s something phony about it that reeks of insecurity. Not sure if any of this makes sense but anyone else agree??

  42. Carr should have been traded long ago. Certainly I’m not the only one on Earth to say this years ago! Brady or no Brady move on already!

  43. Brady want to move closer to the west coast. He’s not moving to Florida or any place else. It either resigning with the Pats or going to the Chargers or Raiders.

  44. Tom Brady WILL play for another team AT SOME POINT. No way Bill carries him to 45 or for however long he wants to play. I just don’t think it’s THIS year.

  45. Tom’s a great player and will finish his career on his own terms in NE.

    Carr isn’t going anywhere. He and Peyton Manning are the only QBs to begin the first 6 seasons of their career with 300 or more completions and 3,000 yards passing each year.

  46. bc puckett says:
    February 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    xbam says:
    February 2, 2020 at 12:36 pm
    Miami is yesterdays news cycle…onto the Raiders….do they even have the cash to sign him? they didnt have it for Mack…

    ——————————-

    About $55 mil in cap space plus you would have to assume they would move Carr and his $$$ so plenty of money. They made Mack an offer that at the time would have made him the highest paid defensive player in league history and received no response from him or his agent. He didn’t want to be in Oakland.

    be puckett…cap space is not the issue….the owner didnt have the actual cash on hand to pay Mack his signing bonus (that was the rumor) he isn’t a billionaire like the other owners…he would have to TB a huge bonus…he aint going to oakland anyway so its all just hearsay…

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