RUMOR: Eagles had interest in Antonio Brown prior to Raiders trade
After plenty of speculation as to where he would land, it was the Raiders that pulled off the deal acquire Brown just a day after he was apparently set to join the Buffalo Bills.
Another team that appeared to show interest in him was the Eagles, as noted by NFL insider Jason La Canfora earlier on Saturday:
Things fairly quiet on the AB front. The two teams I continue to hear most closely linked to him are the Raiders and Eagles. Several teams who have been in the mix believe a trade with Raiders would already be done if not for contractual hold-ups between the WR and the team
However, it doesn’t seem like the Eagles were serious contenders to land Brown, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
Was told the Eagles had inquired but weren’t major players. In the end, the options were limited for Pittsburgh. Oakland hung around with the modest offer and that got it done.
The Steelers likely had very little interest in trading him to the Eagles, and the Raiders were pretty much the favorites all along due to the number of draft picks at their disposal.
And with the amount of money that Brown is earning in his new deal with Oakland, it’s clear that he was the true winner of this trade.