After long-time starter Derek Carr left for New Orleans in free agency, the Las Vegas Raiders signed unrestricted free agent Jimmy Garoppolo to a three-year, $72.75 million deal to be his replacement. Jimmy G has been a solid starter in the NFL for several seasons now, however, the issue with him is he tends to get injured often as he has missed 18 games in the last three regular seasons alone.
It was recently reported that soon after signing Garoppolo in March, he underwent foot surgery to repair an injury he suffered while playing for the 49ers last season. Apparently the Raiders were well aware of this before signing him and are hoping he should be a full participant once training camp starts in the near future.
However, there is still a possibility that the Raiders could cut Garoppolo if he fails to pass a physical and the betting favorite as of right now to replace him is a familiar name.
Brady has actually recently become a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, so it is unlikely he would be able to suit up for them as many teams would oppose it according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
“The problem, as one or more teams likely will see it if Brady ever tries to play, is that Brady’s status as an owner makes him essentially an extra member of the roster in waiting,” Florio wrote. “Someone who could be signed on an emergency basis who has been attending meetings and practices and knows the offense and the systems and can get quickly up to speed.
“So if Brady is approved and if a unanimous vote would be required to let him play, don’t expect the vote to be unanimous.”
Tom Brady announced his retirement earlier this off season for the second consecutive year and becoming a minority shareholder with the Raiders likely ended his playing days for good.
Although he suffered many injuries during his tenure with San Francisco, Garoppolo did lead them to the NFC Championship game on three separate occasions and compiled an impressive 38-17 regular season record as well as a 4-2 playoff record.
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