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NFL rumors: Why Tom Brady chose Buccaneers over Raiders, Chargers

NFL rumors: Why Tom Brady chose Buccaneers over Raiders, Chargers

In the end, Tom Brady wanted to end his career on his own terms, away from the New England Patriots and all he has known in his NFL career. 

The six-time Super Bowl champion informed the world yesterday he would not be returning to the Patriots. With several teams already ruled out, it appeared Brady was choosing between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins with the Raiders still having an outside shot. 

The soon-to-be 43-year reportedly plans to agree to sign with the Bucs, moving to Florida to play for Bruce Arians and an offensive arsenal that includes Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. 

Brady's decision to head to Tampa instead of Vegas or LA reportedly was due to one thing in particular -- location. 

"One team jumped out, and that was Tampa," ESPN's Adam Schefter said Tuesday night on "SportsCenter." "I think Tampa had a geographic advantage that no other team could really offer. The Chargers are out West. The Raiders are out West. That was something that I think gave Tampa a slight edge. You combine that with a coach who has coached great quarterbacks through time like Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has a history of working with top-flight quarterbacks. I'm sure that was appealing to Tom Brady." 

The Raiders always seemed like a long-shot to sign Brady. The legendary quarterback is in win-now mode and the Raiders currently still are in Phase 1 of a rebuild. The Raiders also don't have the offensive weapons Tampa Bay does, and Brady surely didn't want a repeat of his final year in New England where he struggled to move the ball. 

Still, the move to the Bucs is not a sure thing. The NFC South is one of the toughest divisions in football, and the Bucs will need to shape up their offensive line and leaky defense if they truly plan to make a run at the Super Bowl with Brady.

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The Raiders, meanwhile, have been wheeling and dealing in free agency. The Silver and Black agreed to terms with several players including, Cory Littleton, Marcus Mariota, Maliek Collins and Carl Nassib. 

Expect more moves out of the Raiders this offseason, but Brady won't be one of them. No. 12 is headed to Tampa Bay. It's still weird to write that. 

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Raiders begin UNLV turf installation to play on at Allegiant Stadium

Two weeks after the Raiders’ natural grass turf was laid out, it’s UNLV football’s turn to get in on the action at Allegiant Stadium.

Crews on Tuesday began installing the artificial turf UNLV will play its home games on inside of the $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium.

Photos show crews got the installation of the turf underway in the north end of the stadium. The turf is being installed in sections and already has field lines painted on the surface.

UNLV is slated to play six home games at Allegiant Stadium. The Rebels and the Raiders worked out a deal for UNLV’s Oct. 24 game versus Colorado State to be moved to Oct. 23 to have the Sept. 12 game versus Arizona State be played at Allegiant, as opposed to Sam Boyd Stadium.

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NFL rumors: Raiders considering moving 2020 training camp to Nevada

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NFL rumors: Raiders considering moving 2020 training camp to Nevada

The Raiders’ arrival in Las Vegas could come sooner than anticipated.

The team is seriously considering moving its training camp from Napa, California, to its new headquarters in Henderson. According to a person close to the team who was not authorized to speak on the record, training camp at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center is a viable option.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, team headquarters across the NFL have been entirely or partially closed since March. That has forced teams to conduct offseason programs virtually rather than at their practice facilities.

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