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Tom Brady's Raiders stake: Will NFL teams approve him as an owner?

Raiders owner Mark Davis has been locked in negotiations with NFL legend Tom Brady about joining the Las Vegas ownership group. It seems all that remains is a vote among owners to confirm Brady's ownership stake.

But while Brady remains an admired figure around the NFL, some in the league reportedly have concerns about Brady coming on as an owner, given his very brief 2022 retirement and concerns around the Raiders' projected starting quarterback.

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The Raiders signed Jimmy Garoppolo to replace Derek Carr, but problems have developed around the quarterback's injured foot.

Garoppolo has not passed a physical since signing his contract with Las Vegas in March. The Raiders have reworked his contract to where he can be cut at no cost if he does not pass a physical before the 2023 season starts. Given this uncertainty, it's not a surprise to see oddsmakers list Brady as the favorite to start under center in September if Garoppolo is unavailable

Brady submitted retirement paperwork in February

Brady took a step this year he did not take in 2022, when he previously announced he was stepping away from the NFL. Brady filed documents with the NFL and the NFLPA confirming his retirement and making him eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2028.

But despite this step, the league's other owners may ask Brady to commit to never playing pro football again if he is to join the Raiders' ownership group. If the seven-time Super Bowl champion is considering suiting up for Vegas, some might suggest he wait to complete his purchase of a stake in the team. Otherwise, he faces a potential rejection from NFL owners.

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