LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Tom Brady teaming up with Jon Gruden and the Raiders in Las Vegas?
It's certainly possible.
Oddsmakers at the Westgate SuperBook feel there's a decent shot of Brady playing in the valley next season.
According to their hypothetical odds, the Raiders are 6-1 odds to sign the 42-year-old.
"If you add Tom Brady on top of [the Raiders moving to Las Vegas], that would be the sports story of the year, for sure," said Jim Murphy, owner of Raiders' bar Legends on Boulder Highway near Tropicana Avenue.
Jim is right.
Brady's future is already the talk of football fans everywhere. His contract expires after this season, meaning he's free to play anywhere he chooses including Las Vegas.
"It was a shock to even see the Raiders move here," said Jay Kornegay, executive vice president of the Westgate SuperBook. "To think they would even move here with Tom Brady being the quarterback?"
Kornegay and other oddsmakers at the Westgate believe a return to New England is likely. Retirement is the next favorite option. Signing with the Los Angeles Chargers (who move into a new stadium next season) and the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders are the next favorites.
But, Kornegay says signing the 42-year-old quarterback may not be the best move for the Raiders.
"Brady's been a terrific quarterback for a long time," said Kornegay. "But you could really see his arm deteriorate over this past season, especially the second half of the season."
If Brady chooses the Raiders this off-season, it wouldn't be the first time they've signed a legendary quarterback at the tail-end of his career.
Way back in 1967, George Blanda left the Houston Oilers to sign with Oakland. He played back-up quarterback and kicker and helped lead the team to an AFL chamionship.
Blanda played nine more seasons with the Raiders before retiring at age 48. He remains the oldest player to ever play professional football.
Brady has remained tight-lipped about his future. Following the Patriots loss in the AFC Wildcard, he said it was "pretty unlikely" he'd retire.
Brady becomes a free agent March 18.