Patriots showed interest in trading for Antonio Brown and Steelers were willing to deal

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Antonio Brown as a member of the Patriots was perhaps closer than anyone thought.

On "The Boomin Experience Podcast" hosted by Brown and his personal DJ, DJ Legato, audio was played of a conversation between Brown and his agent Drew Rosenhaus. It was from a week before he was dealt and Rosenhaus updated Brown on who was interested. One of those teams was the Patriots.

Rosenhaus even said he connected Bill Belichick to Steelers GM Kevin Colbert.

“That would be amazing. We need that respect, that guarantee. Robert Kraft is a cool guy, too," Brown said of potentially getting dealt to New England.

Rosenhaus responded: “Kraft is one of the wealthiest guys in the NFL, AB.”

“That would be great," Brown said.

Besides the Patriots, the Eagles, Titans and Raiders were the teams that were in the mix following Brown expressing he did not want to be dealt to Buffalo. Rosenhaus noted how it didn't make much business sense for the Steelers to consider New England, but it was a good thing for Brown.

The receiver ultimately was dealt to Oakland in exchange for a third and fifth-round pick. It is not known what the Patriots' offer was.

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