Reports Indicate Raiders Will Pursue Different HoF QB Following Tom Brady’s Retirement

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The Las Vegas Raiders were the owners of the worst-kept secret in the NFL this offseason, and that was their intention to go after future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

On Wednesday, however — exactly one year after retiring for the first time — the 45-year-old quarterback called it quits again, likely for good this time.

Now that Brady is moving on to his post-playing-days, the Raiders find themselves in need of a new offseason strategy, which, according to reports, now includes Aaron Rodgers.

As one source with knowledge of the dynamics with the Raiders told ProFootballTalk in the aftermath of Wednesday’s news, the Raiders “absolutely” were counting on Brady being available. And with Brady out of play, the source predicted that they’ll now try to secure the services of Aaron Rodgers. [via ProFootballTalk]

Given that Rodgers is from California and his connection with Davante Adams, the Raiders certainly feel like they could be a likely destination for the current Green Bay Packers’ signal caller. According to previous reports, if the Packers do decide to trade Rodgers, they’ll want “at least” two first-round picks in return for the four-time MVP.

The Raiders are also, quite importantly, in the AFC, which means the Packers will be willing to make a deal with them. Las Vegas is actually a key cog in this offseason’s QB carousel, as they also have plans to trade veteran Derek Carr if they do land someone like Rodgers.

Rodgers, however, is coming off his worst season in some time, as the 39-year-old completed 64% of his passes for 3,695 yards (his lowest in a non-injury season since 2015), 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions (his most since he threw 11 in 2010).

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