NFL rumors: Raiders would have only replaced Derek Carr with Tom Brady

NFL rumors: Raiders would have only replaced Derek Carr with Tom Brady

Tom Brady now is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but as recently as this week, the Raiders reportedly were still in the mix for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that the Raiders never made an official offer to Brady, but league sources confirmed they were "sniffing around" as late as this week, and had at some point informed Brady of a general ballpark number for a potential contract. However, according to Tafur, that ballpark number never approached what Brady ultimately received from Tampa Bay.

"The Raiders weren’t going to go as high as the guaranteed $25 million per year for two years that the Bucs gave the 42-year-old quarterback," Tafur wrote. "The game film the last two years just didn’t warrant that in the Raiders’ minds."

From the sounds of it, it appears Brady had concerns beyond what he would be getting paid.

"But my understanding is that it was more about fit than money for Brady," Tafur continued, "and the Raiders never got that nod from Brady that they were a serious finalist. If they had, they would have started shopping [Derek] Carr, who even his critics should agree is a top-16 quarterback with a very friendly pay-as-you-go contract for the next three years."

With Brady now signed, sealed and delivered to Tampa Bay, Tafur believes the only lingering question about the Raiders' quarterback position has been answered.

"There shouldn’t be any real fallout," he stated. "Basically, the Raiders 'might' have replaced Carr with a top-five player in the history of the NFL -- otherwise they were good. They didn’t want Philip Rivers or Teddy Bridgewater. They are not going to suddenly pursue Jameis Winston or Cam Newton or trade up to draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.

"There really weren’t any other options considered, other than Brady. And if you don’t consider adding Tom Brady when you’re coming off 4-12 and 7-9 seasons, then something is very wrong."

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Tafur considers Carr the "unquestioned starting quarterback" and newly-acquired Marcus Mariota to be his backup. Mariota is by far the most skilled QB Carr has ever had playing behind him at the NFL level, and the Raiders' hope surely is that they will push each other, resulting in better production from the position.

It appears Carr has avoided being replaced by the only other available QB the Raiders reportedly would have considered swapping him out for. That said, while Carr is the Raiders' unquestioned starter for now, he might have to fend off another challenger throughout the Silver and Black's first season in Las Vegas.

Raiders discussing fan options at Allegiant as 2020 NFL season nears


Raiders discussing fan options at Allegiant as 2020 NFL season nears

As the NFL regular season approaches, assuming the rise in COVID-19 cases doesn’t cancel it, the Raiders are having ongoing internal discussions about a number of different options and approaches for a rabid season-ticket base that completely sold out brand new Allegiant Stadium.

As the Raiders continue to sort through the situation, they have indefinitely pushed back the deadline for final payment on 2020 season tickets. Meanwhile, longtime Raiders fans like Kenny King Jr., a Northern California resident and 2020 season-ticket holder, is holding out hope he will be front and center when the Raiders play their first season in Las Vegas.

“I definitely do intend to go to games this year and have already booked for the opener and Chiefs games,” said King, the son of former Raiders running back Kenny King.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal


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