Tom Brady was spotted at UFC 246 talking and smiling with Mark Davis, owner of the Raiders. Brady and the New England Patriots are in contract limbo.
In the wake of the New England Patriots‘ season coming to an early end this year, there has been plenty of speculation in regards to the future of Tom Brady playing for the Patriots — or perhaps shockingly, even for another team.
Tom Brady’s pending free agency is no secret. This past weekend, the speculation continued into Las Vegas… and only grew stronger at the UFC 246 MMA showdown between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone.
Brady was spotted at the main event with the owner of the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders, Mark Davis. At some point, the two were seen talking and smiling with each other.
Who knows what the multi-millionaire NFL franchise owner and the six-time Super Bowl champion were discussing, but as I said earlier, the speculation continues…
So let’s play with the idea.
We know that the NFL’s legal tampering period isn’t until March and teams aren’t “supposed” to talk to free agents and their potential offseason signings until that point. But would that stop an owner like Davis from trying?
Derek Carr is coming off the best season of his career in terms of completion percentage (70.4%). Yet after five seasons in the NFL, it seems the Raiders know they don’t have the most elite quarterback in the league. If Brady is available, the Raiders have to at least make an offer, right?
Carr signed a 5-year, $125 million contract in 2017 and holds a 2020 cap hit of over $21 million. The Raiders are looking to still have around $73 million in additional cap space come the start of the new football season.
If Brady is looking for a big final payday before retirement, then the Las Vegas Raiders are as much of a suitor as anyone else.
Brady could potentially be playing with the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year in Josh Jacobs, an elite-level tight end in Darren Waller, the underrated Tyrell Williams along with a few other talented wide receivers, and two first-round picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft (12th and 19th overall).
I’m unsure how Brady and Jon Gruden feel about each other after the infamous “Tuck Rule Game,” though. It all happened over 18 years ago in 2002, and it brought the New England Patriots to the AFC Championship Game… and in turn sent Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via trade.
The other intriguing aspect to this scenario is the fact that the Raiders will be opening a brand-new stadium, in a brand-new city, that doesn’t have any affiliated sports teams to it in Las Vegas. The potential story that would be the greatest quarterback of all time essentially starting this new renowned Raiders franchise over in Vegas would be extraordinarily huge!
Both the New England Patriots and Tom Brady are in very tough positions in terms of accommodating each other this offseason. Unlike other teams around the league, the Patriots just don’t have the cap space or money to offer Brady the contract he rightfully deserves.