Tom Brady Leaving Patriots For Raiders?
Is Tom Brady leaving the Patriots for the Raiders?
Brady was on hand Saturday night at UFC 246 when Conor McGregor squared off against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
McGregor was obviously the big winner of the evening, finishing his opponent in 40 seconds and re-establishing himself as combat sports’ biggest star.
The second best winner, though, appeared to be Brady.
For months speculation has run rampant that he would be leaving the New England Patriots and joining up with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The idea was that there was really only one potential suitor that interested Brady, and that if for whatever reason the Chargers could not put together a compelling offer for him, he would simply return to New England.
That was not great for Brady’s bargaining power.
Dana White on Tom Brady being in Las Vegas tonight at the fight and talking to Raiders owner Mark Davis: “If that dude is not playing in Boston, he’s playing here.”
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 19, 2020
On Saturday, that changed. Brady was spotted talking to Raiders owner Mark Davis, and it immediately led to speculation about whether a deal was brewing.
UFC President Dana White, an avid Patriots fan, admitted that he believed Brady-to-the-Raiders “has legs.”
“If that dude is not playing in Boston, he’s playing here,” White told the media.
A deal would make a ton of sense for all involved.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is not particularly enamored with current starter Derek Carr, and he would jump at the opportunity to work with Brady.
For Brady, this would allow him to move out West and be closer to his home state of California, all while playing for a franchise that is loaded with young talent.
And for the Raiders as an organization, this would provide them with the ultimate marketing opportunity as the franchise moves to Las Vegas.
It would legitimately be a victory for everyone.
Even if Brady does not ultimately want to join the Raiders, having another team vying for his services only boosts his leverage with New England.
And since it has repeatedly been noted that he is seeking a major deal for what will inevitably be his final NFL contract, every little bit of leverage helps.