Raiders To Pursue Tom Brady If He Doesn’t Re-Sign With Patriots

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The Las Vegas Raiders plan to pursue legendary quarterback Tom Brady if he doesn’t sign with the New England Patriots before free agency.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports there will be more talks between Brady and the Patriots before the free-agent signing period begins March 18. Pats owner Robert Kraft wants him back and they want a deal completed well before free agency. However, Brady is said to have an open-mind about the free agent process and other teams are exploring the possibility of signing him.

Brady has a good relationship with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who is known to be a very effective recruiter. Should Brady not re-sign with New England, Las Vegas could be a realistic landing spot. He would provide them a superstar name to go with the move to the new city as well as a supporting cast that features former Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown.

Brady, 42, was in Las Vegas last month for UFC 246 and crossed paths with Raiders owner Mark Davis.

The Raiders signed quarterback Derek Carr to a five-year, $125 million contract extension a few years ago but he was booed out of the Oakland Coliseum following the team’s final game on Dec. 15. Carr posted career highs this season in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9) and completion percentage (70.9),