The 49ers dodged a bullet when they decided to stay away from a possible Antonio Brown trade this offseason. They dodged another one with where AB landed after the Raiders released the star receiver on Saturday.
Brown now is a Patriot, where he's the latest offensive weapon for quarterback Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champions. But there was a chance he could have wound up in the NFC West.
"Russell Wilson was kind of campaigning for him in Seattle because he worked with him in LA during the offseason at various times," ESPN's Chris Mortensen said on this week's episode of "Sunday NFL Countdown."
Antonio Brown sought advice from social media consultants on how he could accelerate his release from the Raiders, accoring to @mortreport. pic.twitter.com/lXBQmxOB4Z— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 8, 2019
Brown would have been the second star to join Seattle in the last week. Edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney was traded from the Texans to the Seahawks on Aug. 31.
Bringing Brown aboard to the Seahawks would have been a big blow to the 49ers.
San Francisco begins its quest for the playoffs Sunday in the season opener against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. The team has sky-high expectations with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo under center, but the NFC West is no stroll in the park.
The 49ers will have to overcome playing the Rams and Seahawks twice each this year. At least, they don't have to try to cover Brown, though.