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NFL Rumors: Raiders 'poised' to pursue Tom Brady if he becomes free agent

NFL Rumors: Raiders 'poised' to pursue Tom Brady if he becomes free agent

Several teams have been named as possible landing spots for Tom Brady in free agency, but one particular team separated itself from the pack on Sunday.

The Las Vegas Raiders are "poised" to pursue Brady if the New England Patriots don't re-sign him before free agency begins in March, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


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"One of the teams expected to be leading the way if Brady gets to free agency is the Raiders, whose coach, Jon Gruden, is a long-time admirer of the three-time MVP and six-time Super Bowl champion," Schefter writes. "The two have a good relationship, and league sources believe that Gruden, who is known to be a highly effective recruiter, wants Brady on the Raiders."

The Brady-to-Vegas rumors really began swirling when the 42-year-old quarterback was spotted chatting with Raiders owner Mark Davis at UFC 246 last month. 

Even if the Raiders really are dead set on making Brady their new QB, they may not have a chance to extend an offer. On Sunday, it was reported the Patriots are prepared to pay Brady an excess of $30 million to stay in New England. Schefter notes the Patriots are "expected to want to have a decision made well before the free-agent signing period begins March 18."

The Patriots seem dedicated to keeping their beloved QB right where he is. However, it could simply come down to whether Brady desires to go on a free agency tour this spring for the first time in his career.

If that's the case, it looks like the Patriots will have plenty of competition.

Why Rodney Harrison believes Raiders are Tom Brady's best free agency fit

Why Rodney Harrison believes Raiders are Tom Brady's best free agency fit

Can't imagine Tom Brady playing for any team but the New England Patriots?

You may want to chat with Rodney Harrison.

The former Patriots safety, who joined Phil Perry on Radio Row in Miami on Friday for the latest installment of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, is actually happy his ex-teammate is testing the free-agent waters for the first time in his career.

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And unlike some in New England, Harrison believes there's a real chance Brady signs with another club.

He has a specific club in mind, too.

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"Who knows if the (Las Vegas) Raiders come in and say, 'Hey Tom, we want to give you Kirk Cousins-type deal. We want to give you a three-year, $90 million deal and guarantee all of it,' " Harrison told Perry. "You don't think Tom Brady wouldn't take that? I think he would."

Here's Harrison's case for Brady in silver and black:

I think (Brady) would say, 'The Oakland Raiders have a good offensive line, they have (running back) Josh Jacobs and a bunch of injured guys that were on defense. They're not far off. They'll be right there and competitive in the (AFC) West if Tom Brady goes to Las Vegas.

... You're dealing with a bunch of young guys who look at Tom and hold him as the holy grail. Those guys played hard, they played tough; they were competitive in a bunch of games. And then you have Darren Waller, who's a Pro Bowl tight end. Like, what more do you want? And you have one of the best offensive lines in all of football.

The Raiders finished 7-9 last season, but to humor Harrison: center Rodney Hudson and left guard Richie Incognito combined to allow just one sack and 12 quarterback pressures last season, while Jacobs led all NFL rookies with 1,150 rushing yards and Waller finished second to Travis Kelce in tight end receptions and yards.

Harrison also believes veteran head coach Jon Gruden would work well with Brady as the team transitions from Oakland to Las Vegas.

"Think about Jon Gruden: He doesn't like young quarterbacks who he has to teach everything," Harrison said. "Tom, he's seen it all. He's seen everything. Whether it's a quick passing game which helps out Tom, whether it's him dropping back 5-to-7 yards and throwing the ball down the field, they have the offensive line and they have the credentials with Tom Brady and Jon Gruden."

The Raiders also have a quarterback signed through 2022 in Derek Carr, who likely would be kicked to the curb if Brady came to Las Vegas. But maybe Carr had reason to get defensive about Raiders owner Mark Davis chatting with Brady at Conor McGregor's recent UFC fight.

"If I'm Tom Brady, if I decide to go anywhere, I'm going to Las Vegas," Harrison concluded.

Did we mention the Patriots host the Raiders in 2020?

Antonio Brown tweets 'Antonio Brown curse' eliminated Patriots, others from playoffs

Antonio Brown tweets 'Antonio Brown curse' eliminated Patriots, others from playoffs

Antonio Brown just won't stop tweeting about the New England Patriots. He went after the Patriots in several social media posts after their loss to the Tennessee Titans saying that the Patriots should have kept him and that he'd only play with Tom Brady in 2020.

On Sunday afternoon, Brown continued to take digs at the Patriots, among others.

Brown took to Twitter after the New Orleans Saints lost to the Minnesota Vikings. His tweet claimed that the "Antonio Brown curse" knocked out the Saints, Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders from the postseason in the past week.

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For those keeping track, Brown is referencing these five teams as they all were tied to him at different points this offseason. The Steelers traded him, the Bills were going to trade for him but the deal fell apart, the Raiders traded for him and cut him, the Patriots signed him and cut him, and the Saints worked him out near the end of the regular season.

But Brown's presence with these teams wouldn't have had any impact on them winning or losing in the postseason. Brown would likely be suspended indefinitely if he was on any roster because of the sexual assault allegations he is facing, which surfaced shortly after he joined the Patriots.

So, the idea that these teams parting with Brown played a role in their early exits from the postseason race is laughable, as he wouldn't likely have an on-field impact with any team.

And generally speaking, being a part of a curse isn't a good thing, so why is Brown bragging about this? If he comes with a curse attached, it will be even harder for him to find a home in the NFL than it already is.