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It would be ill-advised to think the current Tom Brady-New England Patriots drama is merely a standoff between two sides bound to reach another agreement. And it would be just as ill-advised to think it won’t have a big impact on the upcoming draft. 
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Brady and the Patriots haven’t made any headway on an extension. And according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Las Vegas Raiders would love a chance to sign Brady in free agency. 
That all sounds good, especially knowing Raiders head coach Jon Gruden’s penchant for big moves. Remember Antonio Brown and other recent big trades?
Plus, Brady leaving Foxborough for any other organization could have a huge impact on the draft, whether by New England trading around to get a rookie or gobbling up a big-name free agent and forcing another team to do the former. 
And if there’s any interest from the Raiders here, it could be a hint the team is ready to move on from Derek Carr. If that has a shred a truth, Las Vegas, owners of two first-round picks, could indeed be a team looking to make some major moves. 
But unlike most of the rumors with draft impacts here, this one feels like a leverage play. It’s almost impossible to see Brady leaving the Patriots as he turns 43 in August. The draft implications would be massive, but this seems more like the byproduct of a monetary tug-of-war between player and team.      
Verdict: Sell