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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: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on a sad Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick's workout, and his time with the Cowboys

Ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran to talk about a frustrated Brady, Colin Kaepernick's NFL comeback chances and Cassel's experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

3:30 - Tom Curran is joined by Matt Cassel to discuss Tom Brady's attitude following the Patriots win over the Eagles. Does he have the right to be so outwardly upset?

10:34 - It's easy to focus on what the Patriots haven't brought in to help Brady, but Tom and Matt talk about the three first-round picks in Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn and N'Keal Harry that were drafted specifically for the QB.

15:27 - A couple of former Patriots made headlines Tuesday, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his "Gronk Beach" plans for Super Bowl Sunday and Antonio Brown apologizing to Robert Kraft on social media.

20:40 - With Colin Kaepernick's workout now in the rearview, Tom and Matt discuss what they saw from him and wonder what the exposure actually did for the QB's chances of getting a job.

27:27 - Matt talks about his time with the Dallas Cowboys and gives us an insider's view of what it's like to play for Jerry Jones as opposed to Robert Kraft.

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Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

The New England Patriots worked out a defensive back on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Tre Sullivan, a former Philadelphia Eagles safety, played 12 games in 2018. The 24-year-old made 17 tackles, 12 solo, in his stint with Philadelphia. Sullivan played in college at Shepherd University in West Virginia, and was released by the Eagles over the summer. 

The workout comes after the Patriots have a need to fill three open practice squad spots following the departures of offensive tackle Dan Skipper, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu and placing Obi Melifonwu on injured reserve.

New England also announced that they've placed Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve and have activated Isaiah Wynn. 

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