Brady to the Raiders Isn’t As Far Fetched As Some May Think

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

While Raider Nation commits silver and black fan-on-fan violence over talk of the Las Vegas Raiders signing Tom Brady, what’s getting lost in the discussion is the reasons why the Raiders could be a better option than New England.


I’m not sure if you have heard but there is a rumor floating around the NFL that the Las Vegas Raiders might have an interest in bringing in Tom Brady. 

I know what you are thinking, “Why would the Patriots get rid of a 6 time Super Bowl champion?”

If there is one thing the Patriots do more than cheat it’s get rid of players a year or two before they think that player is done. 

Tom Terrific would seem to fit into this profile or are the Patriots just not wanting to give a player who took a “hometown discount” for years one final payday to make up for the years of underpayment? 

No matter why there is enough smoke out there to be some fire to these reports.  Some people will tell you why Brady won’t be joining the Raiders in Las Vegas, but here is why he may want to find out why What happens here only happens here.

If there is one thing the Patriots do more than cheat it’s get rid of players a year or two before they think that player is done. 

Staying in New England seems like the best bet for an aging Tom Brady.  A system and players he has a familiarity with would seem like a better option than a still building Raiders offense, but what if I said the Raiders have more weapons than the Patriots?

The Patriots Are Sinking…And Fast

We can start upfront with the offensive line which would be a very important part for any Brady team. Pro Football Focus, as well as others, will tell you that the Patriots offensive line was better than the Raiders last year and they would be right. but we are not talking about last year. 

Dante Scarnecchia has been called by almost everyone the greatest offensive line coach in football. His ability to piece together an O-line out of a ragtag mix of players is the stuff of legend around NFL circles.  His departure is a major hole that the Patriots will not be able to just fill, and it might be the second biggest piece the Pats lose this offseason. 

Joe Thuney was by far the most important piece of the offensive line the past couple of years. Regarded as one of the best guards in football Thuney is in line for a massive payday that the Patriots are not expected to match.  With these two pieces missing the talent and depth of the Raiders line should surpass the Patriots and provide Brady with the protection he needs.

“The Raiders Lack Offensive Weapons” Myth

The Raiders lack of a true No. 1 WR is the biggest knock on an offense that has some intriguing pieces. 

I will ask the readers this: who is No. 1 in New England? Edelman is Brady’s go-to guy but he is not a prototypical No. 1. With the exception of Randy Moss and Brandin Cooks, Brady has not had a typical No. 1WR in New England and has faired pretty well in the past. 

With Brady on board, the Raiders could decide to do what they needed to grab who they think would be the best WR in a stacked class in this year’s draft. Jeudy or Lamb plus a group that includes Jacobs, Williams, Renfrow, Waller, and Moreau will provide Brady with more firepower than what he has in New England. I know he has a report with Edelman, but with no talent at TE, young unproven WRs, and a running back with knee issues, behind a weaker offensive line – and you see where I am going here. With the exception of Edelman is there any offensive weapon on the Patriots that is better than the Raiders?

What about that Pats Defense?

I have a dirty little secret about the New England defense that nobody wants to talk about: yes, they have been in the top half of scoring defense almost every year of Brady’s career.  Do you know what else they have been for every year of his career?

In the AFC EAST

If you look up inept in the dictionary you will see a picture of the logos of the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins. With ix games a year against the bottom of the NFL, you can artificially inflate those fancy defensive numbers.  Oh, yeah, have you seen the Raiders schedule this year? They play the AFC East.  Playing the Bills, Jets, Dolphins, a Brady-less Patriots (and a Chargers team without Rivers), will give a boost to the Raiders defensive numbers. Add a couple of players via free agency, and in the draft, along with improvement from the young core and this defense should make big strides.  Let’s not forget a QB like Brady should be able to extend a few drives and give the defense a little more rest. A QB like Brady should be able to turn a couple of red zone FGs into a couple of red-zone TDs taking some of the pressure off the defense.  

I’m not saying I think Tom Brady will be playing for the Las Vegas Raiders when they open the season at Allegiant Stadium. I’m not even saying I want him to be the QB. What I am saying is that the idea that he would want to isn’t as far fetched as some might think.