The Las Vegas Raiders are moving on from Derek Carr this offseason, either trading the Pro Bowl quarterback or releasing him before March. As the door closes on one franchise icon, Las Vegas could be prepared to make a run at another.
Coming off a disappointing 2022 season, the Raiders’ front office and ownership want improvement from the offense in 2023. While the defense played a part in Las Vegas only winning six games, the emphasis on improvement centers on the quarterback position.
Fortunately for Las Vegas, there are a variety of options available. Holding the 7th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft order, the Raiders could be in a position to either draft or trade up for a quarterback prospect like Will Levis or C.J. Stroud. While either young signal-caller might provide the franchise with long-term stability, immediate results are reportedly the priority.
According to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports, the Raiders will aggressively pursue Tom Brady this offseason with his ties to head coach Josh McDaniels playing a strong role in the free-agent pitch to the future Hall of Famer.
“They believe they can land the seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for his age 46 season. The prevailing belief around the league is that while Brady retired for 40 days in 2022, he will likely play in 2023 and will likely play outside of Tampa.”CBS Sports Jonathan Jones’ on Las Vegas Raiders pursuit of Tom Brady
The interest in Brady isn’t surprising. He is on his way out after a disappointing season in 2022 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, eyeing other opportunities as he weighs retirement. While leaving football remains on the table, many expect Brady to play in his age-46 season.
Tom Brady’s potential impact on Las Vegas Raiders
Not only would Brady provide the trusted decision-making, poise and accuracy that McDaniels needs in a quick-rhythm offense, but he also provides leadership. Even in a locker room with many well-respected veterans, Brady’s work ethic and his familiarity with McDaniels’ offense are two critical things the Raiders’ head coach wants in 2023.
Signing Brady would also allow Las Vegas to build a much stronger roster this offseason. It could use the top-10 pick on a defensive player or offensive lineman, shoring up a weakness that hurt the team in 2022.
The Raiders are also expected to keep Josh Jacobs, either re-signing him to a long-term deal or placing the franchise tag on the All-Pro running back. Given his increasing usage as a pass-catching threat this past season, Jacobs would be even more impactful with Brady under center.
Las Vegas could also benefit from Brady’s ability to recruit veteran free-agents. After sitting out this past season, future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski is reportedly open to playing with Brady again next season. It all sets up for a free-agency period that will have a significant influence on the Raiders’ future.