According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins also reached out to Pittsburgh on Friday after the potential trade to the Buffalo Bills fell through.
It appeared Buffalo was set to land the seven-time Pro Bowler, but he reportedly didn't want to go to the Bills, as Breer previously reported.
"We had positive discussions, but ultimately it didn't make sense for either side," general manager Brandon Beane said of the trade talks in a statement.
The Raiders eventually won the bid, in part because they were the most willing to give Brown the money he was seeking, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported:
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The trade compensation — a third and a fifth going to the #Steelers — wasn’t an issue. Several teams were willing to give that or more. The contract was the issue. In the end, Antonio Brown got his old deal ripped up and redone, a rarity. His demands limited the pool to 1 team.
However, the interest from the Eagles and Redskins remains interesting considering the effect it could have had on the league.
Philadelphia is only one year removed from a Super Bowl title and has enough talent to contend for a title again next season if everyone remains healthy. However, adding Brown to a group of pass-catchers that already includes Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz could have made this offense extremely dangerous.
Meanwhile, Washington was likely more desperate to add any receiver after no one finished with more than 600 receiving yards in 2018. The entire offense struggled when Alex Smith went down with a season-ending leg injury, but the lack of options down the field also held the team back.
Adding Brown would have transformed the offense to potentially help compete in the NFC East.
Unfortunately, neither squad was able to complete the deal, and Brown will spend next season with the Raiders.