Patriots and Raiders never offered Tom Brady a deal
The Las Vegas Raiders were reportedly among the teams interested in signing former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. However, they ultimately opted to drop out of the race as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him to a two-year, $50 million deal.
There has since been plenty of speculation regarding both the Raiders and Patriots’ willingness to make a similar offer. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, neither team ever even out a deal on the table:
The Patriots likely would have done this contract, though Tom Brady never came to them with his desire to return. So there was no offer from NE. In the end, only the Bucs and the Chargers made offers. The Raiders sat it out, as well, never offering Brady a deal.
This is certainly an interesting tidbit regarding what went into Brady’s decision to part ways. The number that had been thrown around was that the six-time Super Bowl champ was looking to make at least $30 million per year with his new deal. However, it seems he was willing to offer up a discount depending on the situation.
The Patriots failed to make a splash in free agency and still find themselves in desperate need of some more firepower. Meanwhile, the Bucs boast one of the most explosive offenses in the league with talent across the board.
The Raiders ultimately opted to go with shoring up some quality depth under center behind Derek Carr in Marcus Mariota. Meanwhile, it seems the only contingency plan for the Los Angeles Chargers was to move forward with quarterback Tyrod Taylor.