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Tom Brady almost joined the Las Vegas Raiders…until Jon Gruden called off the deal

Posted: August 22, 2022, 4:37 a.m.

Last update on: August 22, 2022, 04:41h.

Football superstar Tom Brady was set to become a quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders when he was a free agent in the 2020 offseason. But then-Raiders coach Jon Gruden called it quits. the agreement. UFC President Dana White made the revelation to Rob Gronkowski on an ESPN broadcast over the weekend. Gronkowkski, host of the show, was to join the Raiders on the same contract.

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Superstar quarterback Tom Brady almost became a Las Vegas Raider in 2020, according to UFC prez Dana White, who tried to broker the deal. Instead, Brady helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. (Picture: usatoday.com)

“It was almost a done deal, and at the last minute Gruden blew the deal and said he didn’t want him, and all hell broke loose,” said White, who has claimed to be trying to help broker the deal. “It was crazy. Brady was already looking at houses.

To put that into perspective, two decades after participating in a play that denied silver and black a shot at the Super Bowl, Brady could have helped smooth things over with Raiders fans. Instead, he ended up in Tampa Bay, where he won his seventh ring.

“No comment” all around

Gruden, who resigned from the Raiders last fall after allegedly sending racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails, did not comment on the new revelations. However, they follow up with his strong response to a question about the team’s interest in Brady in March 2020.

“You’re killing me, man,” Gruden said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We love our quarterback. Our quarterback is a very good player, Derek Carr. I want to tell everyone here in Vegas. We have a good young quarterback, and the film, the stats and the analysis prove it.

Brady didn’t comment either, although during a June 2021 appearance on LeBron James’ HBO show ‘The Shop’ he said, “One of the teams, they weren’t interested in the any end. I was like, ‘Are you sticking with that (expletive)?'”

Raiders owner Mark Davis danced around the news of the reveal in an interview with the RJindicating: “What was that – two or three years ago or something? I don’t know, man. Talk to Dana. I remember Tom Brady went to Tampa Bay. That’s basically what I’m wondering about. remember. I have no idea. Dana has the stories. I love Dana. He’s a great, great promoter. Why would I mind that?”

Brady had options

As Brady’s time in New England drew to a close, he reportedly spoke to several teams. These included the 49ers in his hometown of San Francisco and the Miami Dolphins. (An NFL investigation determined that the Dolphins had inadmissible communications with Brady in 2019 and 2020, while he was under contract with the Patriots, and in 2021, while Brady was with the Buccaneers.)

Gronkowski was under contract with the Patriots at the time, despite retiring after the 2018 season and the team’s sixth Super Bowl title. New England then traded him to Tampa Bay, where he and Brady teamed up to help the club end its 18-year Super Bowl drought. Gronkowski said he was “happy” the Raiders deal was called off. “Everything worked out for the best, man,” he said.

Gronkowski retired for the second time after the 2021 season, while Brady retired briefly before returning for his 23rd season.