New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Steelers could have gotten a first-round pick for Antonio Brown in March. Just one problem: the pick was coming from the Patriots.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that the Patriots offered a first-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Brown back in March. A video of a conversation between Brown and agent Drew Rosenhaus earlier in the offseason indicated that the Pats were “in the mix” to acquire the four-time All-Pro receiver.

Adam Schefter added that the Steelers didn’t want to trade Brown specifically to their top AFC rival, while Mortensen indicated that the Steelers wanted even more to even make a deal possible.

Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Now, Brown ends up with the Patriots anyway, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10 million guaranteed and another $5 million in incentives. Multiple reports, including from Mortensen in the video above, indicate that Brown desperately wanted out of Oakland and to be a Patriot. He reportedly went so far as to consult with social media experts on how to expedite his release from the Raiders.

If the Patriots can keep Brown in line, they just acquired perhaps the best wide receiver in the NFL and a good fit for Tom Brady and the Pats offense. And they didn’t have to give up any draft picks to do so. So far, everything’s coming up New England.

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