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NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown's preference was for Steelers to trade him to Patriots

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown's preference was for Steelers to trade him to Patriots

As NFL teams begin to quake at the thought of Antonio Brown catching passes from Tom Brady for at least a full season, they might wonder what could have been done differently to keep him out of the reach of Bill Belichick. 

According to a recent report from Jason La Canfora, New England was Brown's preferred destination from the start. 

Belichick's pursuit of Brown dated back to his falling out with the Steelers at the end of the 2018 season. He was among the first executives to call about Brown's availability when the Steelers made it clear the perennial Pro Bowler had no future there.

When the Steelers reportedly asked for a first round pick from Belichick, he "immediately" told the Steelers that wouldn't be a problem, but before the discussions progressed, the Steelers let Belichick know that the Patriots were on a list of teams the Pittsburgh front office was not allowed to negotiate with.

According to the story, Brown's preference from the beginning was to get traded from Pittsburgh to New England, leading to him nixing a trade to the Bills and eventually forcing his way out of Oakland. The Steelers only got a third and fifth round pick from the Raiders for the four-time All-Pro receiver.

Brown eventually got what he wanted, signing a one-year deal where he could make up to $15 million in 2019. However, the pending lawsuit brought against him for rape and sexual assault leaves his future in New England up in the air. 

He's expected to play in Week 2 against the Dolphins, but with his accuser meeting with the NFL on Monday, there's a chance Patriots fans might not see him in a New England uniform for long.  

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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