-The ability to process things
-Strong leadership capabilities
-Some play making with their legs
was the summarization.
I trust they'll make the right decision for the team and the future. I'm glad they're being quiet and keeping things close to the vest too. Other teams don't need to know what they're thinking of doing.
It would be tampering if the team where coming out and saying that we are prepared to offer Tom Brady 2 year - 60 M contract. Tampering rules pretty much prevent the team from even mentioning the name of another team's player in any context when it comes to acquiring free agents.
That said there are 2 things here.
1. Agents and teams have found a way to skirt tampering rules a lot or at the very least break them without getting caught.
2. This information was posted as a rumor by a media type. Media types can't be punished for tampering. I think this is sort of another way that agents for big time free agents and teams can sort of skirt the tampering rules a bit. A member of the team's staff can let it slip (off the record) that the team is interested in a certain free agent. Media types often don't name their sources but they can basically print out there that the team is interested. That allows the player's agent to investigate to find out what they would be offering.
Now if the media type named his source within the team they could be in huge trouble. At the very least the team would have to claim they are a rouge employee and fire them. But then again a media type that named his sources would be cut off from future inside info, so they won't name their source and a team rep can continue to feed them information like this with management approving (but obviously never saying they approve.)
In a sense this story is likely a indirect way of offering Tom Brady a contract.
The only problem is that Tom Brady isn't very motivated by money and the Raiders really arn't that good. So I doubt he goes and plays for the Raiders, no matter what they offer.