Tom Brady to Las Vegas? Raiders 'are expected to court' the Bucs QB

Tom Brady to Las Vegas? The Raiders ‘are expected to court’ the 45-year-old soon-to-be free agent and reunite him with his former offensive coordinator, head coach Josh McDaniels, after the Bucs crashed out of the playoffs

  • Tom Brady’s list of suitors is reportedly expected to include the Raiders
  • A move to Las Vegas would reunite Brady and Raiders coach Josh McDaniels
  • The Raiders are believed to be moving on from starting QB Derek Carr
  • Brady, a soon-to-be free agent, is weighing retirement, as well as a new team 
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Tom Brady’s list of suitors is expected to include the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL reporter Josina Anderson.

Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr is believed to be on the way out in Vegas following a disappointing 6-11 season, in which he was benched for the final two games, ostensibly, to avoid injury and preserve his trade value.

Brady, a soon-to-be free agent, appears as a quick fix under center following his own disappointing season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What’s more, a move to Las Vegas would reunite Brady with his former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels. 

Tom Brady’s list of suitors is expected to include the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL reporter Josina Anderson

‘I’m told the #Raiders are still working through their options at quarterback,’ Anderson tweeted. ‘They have not made a decision on the exact path, at this time. The expectation is they’ll explore the Tom Brady option in due time as ‘one’ of those paths, per league source.

Earlier this month, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the Raiders are expected to explore trade possibilities for Carr, who ranked 24th in passer rating (86.3) and completing only 60.8 percent of his passes this season.

The younger brother of another former Fresno State quarterback, David Carr, Derek was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the then-Oakland Raiders. The team has reached the playoffs only twice since he took over under center, falling in the Wild Card round in both 2016 and 2021.

This season was particularly frustrating for Carr as the Raiders’ offensive line struggled and he failed to take full advantage of the addition of wide receiver Davante Adams, his former college teammate.

Brady, a soon-to-be free agent, appears as a quick fix under center following his own disappointing season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What’s more, a move to Las Vegas would reunite Brady with his former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels (pictured)

Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr is believed to be on the way out in Vegas following a disappointing 6-11 season, in which he was benched for the final two games, ostensibly, to avoid injury and preserve his trade value 

Adams, however, might prove to be a desirable teammate for Brady as he surveys the NFL for a potential employer next season.

Brady’s 2022 was equally disappointing in Tampa, where the Bucs’ season ended Monday with a playoff loss to the visiting Dallas Cowboys.

He still tossed for nearly 5,000 yards in 2022, but his touchdown passes dropped to from 43 in 2021 to just 25 this season. Meanwhile, the Bucs offense fell to 15th in the NFL after finishing second a year earlier.

Brady even broke his own league record for completions in a season and ranked third in passing yards behind Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, but Tampa Bay still finished 25th in scoring at 18.4 points per game and never won more than two in a row.

A Las Vegas Raiders fan looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of the game at Allegiant Stadium on January 7

Now Brady heads into the offseason weighing his future in Tampa and the NFL.

He retired briefly after getting knocked out of the playoffs last season, only to reverse course 40 days later – a decision that reportedly contributed to his divorce from supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Brady’s comeback proved unsuccessful, but that hardly precludes another return. Yes, he will be 46 next season, but there are more than enough teams in the NFL that see themselves as contenders with Brady under center, including, apparently, the Raiders.

Whether or not he agrees with that assessment, or chooses to begin his impending broadcast career, is anyone’s guess.

‘It’s always tough,’ Brady said of his disappointment. ‘But we didn’t earn it. [the Cowboys] did.’

Las Vegas Raiders fans, including “The Hollywood Raider” (L), look on during the second half of the team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium on January 1

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