All-world wide receiver Antonio Brown was dealt to Oakland this weekend after a tumultuous offseason in Pittsburgh (and a false trade report to Buffalo).
It was that Buffalo report, which came out Thursday night and was refuted almost immediately by Brown's camp, that caused the Raiders to get back involved in trade talks.
On Friday morning, as news broke that the trade had crumbled, three teams reached out to inquire on Brown with the Steelers: the Eagles, Redskins and Raiders. In a considerably weakened market, Oakland’s offer was the strongest.
We may never know what the Redskins offered, or why their offer was rejected. Perhaps the Raiders offered more draft pick compensation. Maybe Brown didn't want to play in D.C.
Either way, he didn't come here. That's probably a blessing, regardless of his massive talent. Here's why:
In hindsight, it's hard to imagine what the Redskins wanted when they called the Steelers.
Despite Bruce Allen's insistence that the team is close to competing, Brown isn't enough to put this team over, and his contract would prevent them from addressing obvious needs.
Yes, the Redskins need help in the passing game. They need Paul Richardson to justify his contract. They need Jordan Reed to stay healthy. They will likely add more receivers through free agency and the draft.
But this was a good one for the Redskins to miss out on.