By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
A year after the Las Vegas (then Oakland) Raiders were reportedly too ‘cash poor‘ to pay top free agents, it sounds like Mark Davis is ready to open up the checkbook to get himself a quarterback.
According to Twin Cities-area reporter Larry Fitzgerald Sr., the Raiders are preparing to offer Tom Brady a two-year contract worth $30 million a year.
This deal would line up with two of Brady’s most-reported desires; to be among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league and to get a multi-year deal. However, Brady would have to be willing to join a Raiders team that is still likely a few key pieces away even with him on the roster.
The Raiders also currently have about $60 million invested in 28-year-old Derek Carr over the next three seasons, a contract they’d likely need to part with to bring in Brady.
And because nothing about #BradyWatch has been simple, of course this report comes from Larry Fitzgerald Sr., an independent reporter and father of future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald. So perhaps this whole thing is just a smokescreen to get Brady to sign with the Arizona Cardinals?
It’ll likely be another month at least until we find out the answer to that or anything else. The Patriots are reportedly likely to let Brady hit open free agency when the new league year begins on March 18, at which point the Raiders and any other NFL teams will be able to make their pitch.
Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.