When the New England Patriots step back out onto the field again, they could be without quarterback Tom Brady if he chooses not to re-sign with them in free agency. If that does happen, many teams will be chasing after him, and rumor has it that the Las Vegas Raiders (formerly Oakland Raiders) are ready to roll the dice.
It’s an idea that NFL fans around the world can’t even begin to imagine, but it is something that could end up happening in 2020.
As of yet, no official decisions have been made about Brady’s future in the NFL. However, the star athlete could choose to enter the free-agent market. If Brady does go that route, he would be one of many great free-agent quarterbacks. In fact, Drew Brees might be joining that list as well — only time will tell.
Some rumors have already put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the chase for Tom Brady if he decides to test the waters, which would mean moving on from Jameis Winston. However, with someone of Brady’s caliber, that scenario isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility.
According to ESPN, sources believe that the Raiders are yet another team that will join the race in pursing Brady if he becomes a free agent. That would mean the Raiders are ready to move on from quarterback Derek Carr — who signed a five-year contract extension worth $125 million back in the summer of 2017.
Back in January, Brady visited Las Vegas to attend UFC 246. During his time there, the star quarterback actually came into contact with Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders. When photos of the two men talking were posted on social media, the NFL world went into a crazy tailspin as rumors started flowing.
Less than a month later, and sources within the NFL are now saying that there is much more to the duo’s chance meeting. It is highly plausible that Davis has a great interest in bringing Brady into the Raiders organization. If the future Hall of Famer chooses to leave New England, he seemingly already has someone wanting to offer him a new home.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has already publicly stated that the Patriots want Brady back. CBS Sports recently reported that the Pats are willing to pay Brady more than $30 million to keep him in New England.
If Brady chooses to not re-sign with the New England Patriots, it will be one of the biggest free-agent stories in sports history. He is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, but would the three-time MVP really be willing to continue his career elsewhere?
Anything is possible, as it has previously happened with other top-tier players like Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Warren Moon, and others. Why not Brady?