Despite only being retired for less than half a year, there are already rumblings that Tom Brady could make his second return to the NFL. Recently, he made headlines for becoming a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, and now some are speculating that he could end up joining the team on the field as well.
If Brady were to join the Raiders, it would not be as easy as the first time he came out of retirement. Before Brady can officially become an owner of the team, it will have to be approved by three-fourths of the NFL’s owners. While it will likely easily be approved, things could become complicated if he were to join the team. Depending on the size of the hypothetical contract Brady would sign, it could lead the NFL to investigate the team for attempting to circumvent the salary cap.
Once Brady is approved as an owner, the Raiders would be a very intriguing team for him to join. Currently, they have a big hole at the quarterback position even after signing Jimmy Garopollo in the offseason. Jimmy G recently suffered a foot injury that could lead to him being cut from the team.
If the Raiders do end up cutting Garoppolo, it would leave a perfect opportunity for Brady to become the first player owner in league history. They have a plethora of weapons on the offensive side of the ball and have made moves over the offseason to attempt to patch up their defense. If Brady were to sign with the team, he would have Davante Adams as his number one receiver who arguably would be the best wide receiver that he has played with since Randy Moss.
Despite how interesting this move would be and the potential that the offense would have, it is still a long shot of Brady coming back from retirement for a second time. As a member of the Raiders, he would share the division with the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers, two of the more promising teams in the AFC heading into the 2023 season. As a result of this, there would be no guarantee that Brady would even be able to lead his team to the playoffs.
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