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NFL rumors: Tom Brady ‘had interest’ in Colts, but they chose Philip Rivers

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NFL rumors: Tom Brady ‘had interest’ in Colts, but they chose Philip Rivers

When asking someone to choose between a six-time Super Bowl champion and a quarterback that hasn't made it as far as the conference championship game in more than a decade, most would opt to go with the former.

But not the Indianapolis Colts and general manager Chris Ballard.

According to NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King, Tom Brady expressed interest in the Colts during his free agency, but Indianapolis ultimately decided to pursue former Raiders nemesis and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

"Though the Brady camp had interest in Indianapolis," King writes. "The Colts seemed to be set on Philip Rivers on a shorter deal. All other teams in his universe (the Chargers most notably) were further from Brady’s New York home."

Brady is four years Rivers' senior, but the two were just a half-point apart in passer rating last season (Rivers 88.5, Brady 88.0).

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It also comes as a surprise given Brady's history with Indianapolis, the team that started the infamous "Deflategate" controversy back in 2016, leading to a four-game suspension for the signal-caller.

Had Brady ended up staying in the AFC instead of joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that likely would have been another team the Raiders would have had to overcome in order to secure a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

Las Vegas will face both Indianapolis and Tampa Bay in 2020, so we'll see whether Ballard and his front office made the right decision in regards to his new franchise quarterback.

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

NFL coaches will be allowed to move back into their team facilities beginning Friday, but just when the Raiders’ staff checks into its Henderson headquarters remains to be seen.

Construction of the 335,000-square-foot facility is still being completed, though team officials hope to move into the building this month. Like coaches around the league, the Raiders’ staff has been working remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving trucks arrived on Monday to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the new headquarters, from the previous facility in Alameda, Calif.

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Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Why versatile rookie Lynn Bowden could be Raiders’ secret weapon

Word of warning to anyone wondering how the Raiders are preparing to utilize rookie Lynn Bowden this season: Don’t bother asking him. He isn’t at liberty to say.

“I’m really not permitted to speak about that right now,” Bowden said while taking a break from the Raiders virtual OTA’s.

The mum’s the word response wasn’t relayed out of anger or deceit. The outgoing Bowden can’t wait to get on the field in his first NFL season and is beyond excited to help the Raiders anyway he can. He’s open and frank about all that and doesn’t mind expressing it one bit.

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