Dana White Claims Tom Brady And Rob Gronkowski To Raiders Were “Almost A Foregone Conclusion” In 2020

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No, the Dolphins and the Buccaneers weren’t the only teams to mess with Tom Brady in 2020. Apparently the Raiders were too. Together with Rob Gronkowski.

In the first-ever “GronkCast” run in connection with a UFC event, UFC President Dana White boasted that he had struck a deal for Brady and Gronk to go to the Raiders — but that former Raiders coach Jon Gruden had left the kibosh. put on it.

“I’ve been working on getting that deal for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders,” White said. “And it was almost a deal. And at the last minute Gruden blew up the deal and said he didn’t want to [Brady]. And all hell broke loose, man. It was crazy and Brady was already looking at houses, and there was no mention of Gronk coming. So Las Vegas would have had Brady and Gronk the year the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew up the deal.

Gronkowski confirmed White’s story. (And, inevitably, Gronk will claim he was just kidding.)

“That’s exactly what happened,” he told White, “and you just told the story.”

As for Gronk, who said he was happy the Raiders deal didn’t go through, it was clearly a tampering, if it happened. He was on New England’s reserve/retired list, which prevented a team from talking to him without New England’s express permission.

As for Brady, who became a free agent at the start of the league year in March 2020, the talks likely took place before the official moment for other teams to talk to him, as by the time that moment came he had a deal in place. place at the Bucs.

The exchange proves that tampering is indeed ongoing. It happened to Brady and multiple teams did it. It happened to Gronk. And it almost resulted in Brady and Gronk playing for the Raiders, if Gruden chose to agree to the plans Dana White had set in motion.

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