At this point in the season, it’s all conjecture with regard to the biggest names in the NFL. Regardless, Tom Brady is no stranger to rumors surrounding the Las Vegas Raiders. His longtime offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, is now the head coach of the Silver and Black. Meanwhile, Brady’s days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be numbered. Wait, could this actually happen?
There’s no love lost between Raiders fans and Brady; there’s a lot of bad blood there that’s deeply rooted, going back a generation. Would they embrace No. 12? It’s highly unlikely, especially when you consider that current Raiders quarterback Derek Carr still has a legion of apologists behind him. Regardless, the link between Brady and the Raiders has been covered ad nauseum. But that’s for a good reason, as it almost became a reality a few years ago. As of right now, the notion of McDaniels teaming up with Brady has started gaining traction on social media, particularly on Twitter. This came after NFL insider Ian Rapoport spoke about the future of Brady after this season.
Josh McDaniels & Tom Brady 2.0
No one can deny the success of this duo, but times have changed. Brady has looked every bit his age this season; has he found some sort of fountain of youth? Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense for the Raiders, not at this point. That’s especially true when you have a defense that lacks serious depth. Whether the current Raiders’ brass can fix that within just one offseason next year is a question mark.
Logic aside, that didn’t stop people from running away with the theory. Greg Rosenthal, co-host of the “Around the NFL Podcast,” said after Rapoport, “I’m setting Vegas as the favorite to sign Brady. Last time, owner [Mark Davis] wanted him; McDaniels is there and can get picks for Carr.”
Meanwhile, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press incited quite the reaction on Twitter when he put it up for debate among Raiders fans. As you can imagine, Raider Nation did their thing. What’s interesting about what some fans are stating is with regard to Carr’s no-trade clause. However, if the Raiders were to outright release him, the question shifts to a new deal: would another NFL team overpay for Carr? In all likelihood, Carr is better off agreeing to a trade with a team he’s already in agreement with, at least. Or, would he be true to his word and retire before playing for anyone else?
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