Raiders: If Tom Brady wants to play in Vegas, he will

Raiders, Tom Brady (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Raiders, Tom Brady (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The Las Vegas Raiders have shown plenty of interest in free-agent quarterback Tom Brady. And if Brady wants to come to Las Vegas, he most certainly will.

The Las Vegas Raiders continue to make headlines at the NFL Combine with persistent rumors about their quarterback position. But one thing remains clear — if Tom Brady wants to play for the Raiders, he’s going to play for the Raiders.

There have been rumors running rampant that the Raiders will be looking to move on from Derek Carr this offseason if the right situation presented itself. Some reports even indicated that the team was “actively shopping” the former Fresno State star at this week’s NFL Combine.

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But rumors are just rumors — until they become reality.

One rumor that seems certain is that the Raiders have a ton of interest in the aforementioned Tom Brady. And why wouldn’t they?

The six-time Super Bowl champion is arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time and could be playing for a new football team in 2020 for the first time in his NFL career.

He doesn’t need an introduction and he doesn’t require justification.

Sure, he’s coming off a subpar year — by his standards — and will be 43-years-old by the time the 2020 regular season rolls around. But he’s Tom Brady, and contrary to popular belief, he’s still playing at a very high level.

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His 80.4 Pro Football Focus grade was still top-10 among all QB’s and he still managed to throw for over 4,000 yards, complete more than 60 percent of his passes, and throw 24 touchdowns as compared to only eight interceptions.

And he did that with a depleted offensive line and some of the worst skill position groups in the NFL.

He’s Tom Brady. And if he wants to play for the Raiders next season, he will.

Vegas is seemingly still committed to Derek Carr as their quarterback, but they’re only committed until a better, more appealing option comes around. Brady would be an upgrade, the only question is whether the Raiders could convince him that Las Vegas is the right location for him.

Brady isn’t looking to go to a team that’s still a year or two away from competing for a Super Bowl title. He wants to go to a ready-made championship contender and it remains to be seen whether he believes the Raiders are that team.

A lot still remains up in the air. Carr could still be the Raiders’ Week 1 quarterback. Brady could still return to New England.

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But one thing remains certain. If Brady wants to play in Vegas in 2020, he’s going to get what he wants.