Derek Carr: ‘I hope’ the Raiders land Antonio Brown
The Antonio Brown sweepstakes are now in full swing, and the quarterback of one team who is consistently mentioned as a possible destination for the disgruntled wide receiver is 100 percent behind the pursuit.
Brown trade talks are said to be in “heating up,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly have notified teams that a deal could be imminent.
Three teams reportedly have joined the fray while the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals are believed to have bowed out. The Raiders, meanwhile, have long been perceived as among the front-runners to pull off a trade for the four-time, First-Team All-Pro.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr not surprisingly would love to see Brown join the team.
“I would imagine he’s definitely in play,” Carr told the Fresno Bee recently at a charity event, via NFL.com. “I hope he’s in play. It would be great to add a guy like that to your team, talent like that. I don’t know what it’s going to cost. The contract stuff starts getting in the way and they got to figure out numbers and all that kind of stuff. I don’t really like the business side of football, but I just like adding good players to our football team. If it works out in the business side, I know the locker room will be arms wide open to accepting Antonio.”
Interestingly, Carr may not be in the most secure of places with the Raiders, as a report suggests the team was dangling him in trade talks during last week’s NFL Scouting Combine.
The Raiders, specifically Jon Gruden, are believed to be enamored with Kyler Murray ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, but it’s likely the standout Sooners quarterback won’t be available when the team makes it first pick at No. 4, meaning Oakland would have to move up to select him.
However things shake out at the quarterback position, the Raiders without question have the draft capital and desire to make a big splash this offseason to land Brown. Whether it comes to fruition remains to be seen.