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NFL rumors: Tom Brady suitors believe QB wants Antonio Brown with him

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NFL rumors: Tom Brady suitors believe QB wants Antonio Brown with him

Could Antonio Brown and Tom Brady visit the Las Vegas Raiders' shiny new home next season as teammates? It's at least a possibility, if reports are to be believed.

The latest comes from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, who reported Wednesday that teams interested in Brady "were among the impression" the quarterback wanted to bring Brown with him.

Brady, 42, reportedly agreed to a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. The now-former New England Patriots quarterback, then, would be set to visit the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas this fall, assuming the NFL's schedule is not altered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brown, after the Raiders granted his request for release days before the start of the 2019 season, briefly played with Brady in New England. The wide receiver's Patriots stint lasted only one game, however, as New England released him days after former trainer Britney Taylor accused him of rape in a federal lawsuit and one day after he sent threatening text messages to a Pittsburgh woman who accused him of sexual misconduct.

Despite all that, you can connect the dots on why Brady might want to play with Brown again.

Though Brown has not played in an NFL game since, he reportedly has remained close with Brady. The probable Hall of Fame quarterback told Brown he wants the two to play together in 2020, ESPN's Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler reported last month, citing two people close to Brady.

Brady wanting to play with Brown is one thing. Winning over the man who reportedly is his new coach is another.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator from 2007 through 2011, coaching Brown during the final two years of that stint. Just before Brown got the trade he was seeking to the Raiders, Arians criticized Brown for torpedoing his relationship with the Steelers in a January 2019 interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"From afar, there’s too much miscommunication, too much diva," Arians said on "The Adam Schefter Podcast" last year. "I’ve heard so many stories. I like Antonio, he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday and he practices hard. He’s just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things."

Brown then blasted Arians on Twitter.

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The Bucs also seem pretty set at wide receiver, boasting Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as a stellar tandem. Even if cooler heads prevail between him and Arians and you factor in his relationship with Brady, can you really envision Brown accepting being Tampa Bay's third option?

Brown's own history will matter just as much as his with Brady, and the former makes a reunion -- let alone an eventual visit against the Raiders -- anything but certain.

Raiders shut out of Pro Football Focus' top 50 NFL player rankings

Raiders shut out of Pro Football Focus' top 50 NFL player rankings

The Raiders challenged for the playoffs last season, but if the data-driven Pro Football Focus player rankings are to be believed, Las Vegas’ new NFL team may struggle to do that again.

No Raiders made PFF’s top 50, but nine players from their three AFC West rivals were ranked.

Five of those were from the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs — quarterback Patrick Mahomes at No. 2, defensive tackle Chris Jones at No. 16, tight end Travis Kelce at No. 19, wide receiver Tyreek Hill at No. 22 and offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz at No. 23.

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Raiders' iconic Al Davis Memorial Torch debuts at Allegiant Stadium

Raiders' iconic Al Davis Memorial Torch debuts at Allegiant Stadium

It’s an old tradition that will carry on in the Raiders’ new Las Vegas location.

The Al Davis Memorial Torch will continue to be lit in honor of the late long-time team owner. It was debuted on Wednesday through the massive retractable lanai doors in the backdrop at Allegiant Stadium:

It’s a more updated version of the original torch, but the message remains the same. According to Raiders.com, that vision is “the fire that burns brightest in the Raiders’ organization is the will to win.” That was a quote by the late Davis and before every home game, fans pay tribute to him with a flick of the flame.  

Former Raiders and celebrities have created the flame including Bay Area-native rapper MC Hammer, former Super Bowl-winning head coach John Madden, Marshawn Lynch and many, many more.

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Current owner Mark Davis admitted he was sweating a little bit on the construction of the 65,000-foot, $2 billion stadium amid the July 31 deadline.

But for now, at least a part of Al Davis will be there. 

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