Raiders’ Mark Davis on Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski rumor: ‘I do not know, man’

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Las Vegas Raiders group proprietor Mark Davis responded Sunday to UFC president Dana White’s tale about almost executing a strategy to bring Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to Sin Metropolis right before it was nixed.

White claimed in the course of a exclusive ESPN broadcast of UFC 278 with the Gronkowski spouse and children that previous head mentor Jon Gruden did not accept the approach and the whole offer was nixed. Brady was a free agent at the time, pinpointing the place he ought to play next and Gronkowski was “retired.”

Davis reacted in an job interview with the Las Vegas Overview-Journal.

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Tom Brady poses for a photo with UFC president Dana White in the course of the UFC 246 party at T-Cellular Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas.
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“I read about [White’s comments]. That was what — two to 3 many years back or one thing? I don’t know, man. Talk to Dana. I keep in mind that Tom Brady went to Tampa Bay. That is mainly what I don’t forget. I have no concept. Dana has the stories. I like Dana. He is a terrific, excellent promoter. Why would this make me upset? I was active looking at [the Raiders beat Miami 15-13] and the basketball activity,” Davis informed the newspaper.

Brady was rumored to have drawn interest from the Raiders and New Orleans Saints whilst he was a free agent but finished up becoming a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Raiders experienced Derek Carr as their starting up quarterback and the Saints experienced Drew Brees, who was about to perform just one last time.

“I worked to put that offer jointly for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders. And it was virtually a completed deal. And at the very last minute, Gruden blew the offer up and stated that he did not want [Brady],” White claimed. “And all hell broke unfastened, guy. It was nuts and Brady was already wanting at properties, and it was not becoming reported but that Gronk was coming. So Las Vegas would have experienced Brady and Gronk the yr that the Bucs received the Tremendous Bowl, other than Gruden blew the deal up.”

Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders looks on before the game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 17, 2021 in Denver.

Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders seems to be on in advance of the activity versus the Denver Broncos at Empower Industry At Mile Superior on Oct 17, 2021 in Denver.
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Gronkowski reported he was joyful it did not get the job done out and was delighted to get traded to the Buccaneers from the New England Patriots and appear out of retirement. The Buccaneers received the Super Bowl in 2020. Gruden resigned from the Raiders after e-mail were being leaked demonstrating the coach applied homophobic and misogynistic language in 2011.

The Miami Dolphins also experienced options to go after Brady and Saints mentor Sean Payton. The NFL located Dolphins staff owner Stephen Ross had “impermissible communications” with Brady and Payton.

Tom Brady, #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, gives a thumbs up in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas.

Tom Brady, #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, presents a thumbs up in the 3rd quarter from the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Oct 25, 2020 in Las Vegas.
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The Boston Globe and Pro Football Converse reported earlier this yr there was a grasp program to make Brady a higher-ranking crew executive when he stepped absent from the Buccaneers in February and go after his contractual legal rights from Tampa Bay and later lure him out of retirement. The crew also experienced designs to make Payton their head mentor when he stepped away from the Saints, according to the reviews.

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However, the program was seemingly shut down as Brian Flores released his lawsuit towards the Dolphins on the exact working day Brady’s announcement arrived out. Brady would return in March.

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