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Eagles wanted to trade for Antonio Brown

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 26, 2019 - 6:05 pm

The Antonio Brown sweepstakes are over as he is now a member of the Oakland Raiders, but according to audio that Brown released in a recent podcast, it sounds like there was a chance he could have landed in Philadelphia. 

In the below audio, which is from Browns' new podcast The Boomin Experience, Brown can be heard talking to his agent Drew Rosenhaus about where he might be traded. It is clear that Rosenhaus believed the Eagles were a serious candidate for Brown. 

"If it isn't the Raiders, then we will make it work with the Eagles, or the Patriots or the Titans," Rosenhaus said.

Another interesting note is that Rosenhaus at one point mentions he believed the compensation it would have cost the Eagles to land Brown was much higher than the third-and-fifth round pick the Raiders traded to get him. 

"I think they would have to give up at least two first-round picks to get to the first spot," Rosenhaus said of the pecking order for Brown. 

Whether it would have cost the Eagles that much to land Brown isn't clear. Rosenhaus mentions multiple time that the Raiders were only interested in the best compensation and were not going to avoid sending him to certain teams. Rosenhaus even said the Steelers were willing to trade Brown to the New England Patriots, a conference rival. So the idea the Eagles would have had to give the Raiders two first-round picks, when they eventually ended up accepting a package of third-and-fifth round pick, likely means the price drastically dropped prior to the deal. 

Brown, although he said he wasn't leaning a certain way, also sounded interested in joining the Eagles. 

"Carson Wentz," Brown said, "that is a win-win."

Another roadblock for the Eagles might have been the money. The Raiders ended up paying Brown a three-year, $50 million deal, money Howie Roseman might not have been willing to pay Brown. The Eagles currently have around $25 million in salary cap space, however, so they did have the room to do it. The Eagles eventually traded for receiver DeSean Jackson and handing him a three-year, $27 million deal.

Although the deal for Brown did not work out, it is obvious that as usual, the Eagles were extremely agressive in their mission of trying to add top-flight talent around Wentz. 

You can check out the full audio below: 

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