Raiders Attempting to Lure Brady With 2-Year, $60 Million Deal
Brady Set To Become A Free Agent
According to reports, the Raiders will attempt to lure Brady into a black and silver uniform by offering him a two-year, $60 million deal.
While the money will surely play a part in Brady’s decision to stay with New England or move on to a new franchise, the real motivation may come from any desire to prove he can win without Bill Belichick.
Independence From Belichick
At this point, it’s unclear whether or not Brady values winning somewhere else over winning with the Patriots. What is clear from this reported offer from the Raiders is that the chance to prove himself independent of Belichick is both a real and lucrative one.
We also don’t know what Belichick is thinking. Does he want to prove he’s the more important part of the Patriots dynasty by winning with a different quarterback? Or does he think Brady gives him the best chance to win another Super Bowl?
All we can do at this point is break down what a Brady move would mean.
Would Brady Make The Raiders A Contender?
Brady is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in NFL history, but, at 42 years of age, does he still have the ability to turn a borderline playoff team into a contender?
As the Raiders move to Vegas, making Brady the face of the franchise is a no-brainer for an organization that would immediately have a player to focus their sales strategy around. And Gruden may just think Brady is the key to turning his team into a contender.
The Raiders’ Performance This Season
Last season, the Raiders went 7-9 and tied the Broncos for second in the AFC West. In a division that includes the Chiefs, that’s simply nowhere near good enough.
Derek Carr was able to complete 70% of his passes and throw 21 touchdowns with just eight picks on the year last season. Brady, who completed 61% of his passes with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions, may not be the upgrade Gruden is looking for.
The Brady of old would have turned this Raiders team into a contender, but the current, aging version of Brady is likely to continue deteriorating as he approaches the end of his career.
Where Could The Patriots Turn Without Brady?
While most NFL fans can’t imagine a world in which Brady isn’t under center for the Patriots, Belichick has certainly considered the possibility. As far as we know, he could already be planning to move on from the New England legend.
If Brady does indeed leave in free agency, where would the Patriots turn?
Bridgewater An Option For The Patriots
The name that rises to the top of the list is Teddy Bridgewater. With the likes of Dak Prescott and Drew Brees likely to stay with their respective teams, Bridgewater stands out as a proven quarterback who deserves to be starting.
Last season, Bridgewater led the Saints to a perfect 5-0 record when he filled in for an injured Brees. While much of Bridgewater’s game resembled that of a game manager over that stretch, that could be incredibly appealing to a guy like Belichick.
If Brady moves on from New England, I expect Belichick to make Bridgewater a Patriot very soon after that.