The Oakland Raiders ultimately encountered quite the disappointing season in 2018-19 with the AFC West franchise trading away a tremendous amount of talent early on. With the Raiders now seeking to rebuild from the ground up, could yet another trade pave the way for an eventual upswing?
According to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, it is entirely possible that the Raiders attempt to acquire current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown via trade.
“The Raiders make a legitimate run at Antonio Brown,” writes Gutierrez.” You did say “bold,” right? What would be more bold than the “Parts Unknown” Raiders, who have four picks among the first 36 selections of the NFL draft and need a No. 1 wideout, going all-in for a totally known commodity in the temperamental All-Pro receiver? Jon Gruden loves veterans, and he might love Brown even more, calling the nine-year pro the “hardest-working” player he has ever seen in practice. “I’ve seen Jerry Rice,” Gruden said in December. “I’ve seen a lot of good ones. But I put Antonio Brown at the top.”
It is no secret that Brown wants out of “The Steel City” with the All-Pro pass catcher making headlines for all the wrong reasons as of late. Perhaps a fresh start is what is needed on both ends, though, as the Steelers will reportedly consider trading away Brown this offseason.
Could the Raiders, who currently own what seems like unlimited draft picks thanks to the team’s previous moves, now make a serious run at Brown this offseason?