Ask Las Vegas Raiders fans to come up with a list of free agents they would like to come to the team, and you can be more than sure that Tom Brady would top a lot of those lists. A big city like Vegas deserves the biggest stars, and a six-time Super Bowl winner definitely fits that bill.
To the casual observer, it does seem like the two camps complement each other’s needs. The fact Brady entered free agency for the first time in his career signifies that he’s open to change, and the Raiders are looking for a great way to jumpstart a new era in the history of their football team.
However, fans should not start counting their chickens before they hatch. While Brady moving from New England to Las Vegas sounds like a very good deal for some, it may not turn out to be the move that will help the Raiders in the long run. In fact, it may even cripple them during their early years in Sin City.
The biggest issue that the Raiders will face if they try to poach Brady away from New England is the salary. TB12 is entering free agency possibly due to his desire for a better contract, and he will not take a subpar contract from anywhere else.
The Raiders can definitely steal him away from the Patriots as the market offers a lot of promise to his personal brand. However, they may have to shell out more than $30 million a year in order to acquire him. While the Raiders are a decent team, they need a couple of acquisitions to make them great again. Spending a lot of their money on Brady alone may not be the wisest football decision to make.
The other reason why making a move for Brady wouldn’t be a good idea is the way he played this past season. Sure, the Patriots of 2019 were nothing but a shell of themselves due to the talent drain they experienced, but that doesn’t excuse Tom Brady’s atrocious performances over the season.
He finished with 4,057 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes, but his overall effectiveness took a nosedive. He looked especially vulnerable during his last two games against the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans. Getting stuck with a quarterback who is struggling to win games is the last kind of person they want on their team.
There are plenty of ways the Raiders can sort out their personnel issues and attract people to go to games in their new city. But while Brady is a great draw, he’s not the perfect fit for the Raiders football-wise. There are plenty of players in the market that they can target instead.