Antonio Brown might have been trying to get cut last week, but the Raiders reportedly tried to trade him first.
The Silver and Black "quietly" shopped Antonio Brown around the NFL on Thursday, according to Fox Sports and The Athletic's Jay Glazer.
Raiders very quietly tried to trade Antonio Brown on Thursday, two days before his release. Couldn’t find any takers bc of drama and his contract.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 8, 2019
Thursday, of course, was a day after Brown angrily confronted Raiders general manager Mike Mayock for fining Brown for missing practice and a walk-through. Brown first posted the fine on his Instagram story -- reportedly after he reached out to social-media consultants to speed up his release -- and continued to stew over it when he returned to the practice field.
The day the Raiders reportedly tried to trade Brown was the day news of his confrontation with Mayock broke, and that probably didn't help the Silver and Black find a team to give up something in return for Brown. The four-time All-Pro reportedly had no shortage of interested suitors once he became a free agent Saturday, but the courting period didn't last all that long, as Brown signed with the New England Patriots that same afternoon.
The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a third- and fifth-round draft pick just shy of six months ago, and they surely would have liked to get just about anything back as their relationship with the superstar receiver unraveled.
But they didn't, and now the Silver and Black is staring down their final season in Oakland without their best player.