What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell spoke with a number of New England Patriots, including Tom Brady, who can barely contain his excitement for the arrival of Antonio Brown.
USA TODAYThe New England Patriots weren’t alone in their interest on Antonio Brown.Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that his team inquired about the four-time all-pro after the Oakland Raiders released the receiver on Saturday.“We were involved with that one, yeah,” Carroll said on ESPN Radio 710 in Seattle.Brown signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots later on Saturday. He was ineligible to join the Patriots for their season-opening 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he is expected to receive his first work this week in the leadup to Sunday’s Week 2 contest at the Miami Dolphins.More: Tom Brady: ‘I’d love for(Antonio Brown) to stay at my house’More: 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2019 NFL seasonMore: Sorting NFL Week 1’s best and worst debuts, from Kyler Murray to Adam GaseEven though the opportunity to sign Brown never materialized, Carroll said the Seahawks were “ready if something was there.” For Carroll, who is known for taking a bold approach alongside general manager John Schneider in reshaping his roster via trades and free agent signings, investigating the possibility of adding a premier talent will always be a mandate.“You can always count on us to do that,” Carroll said.The Seahawks have to retool their receiving corps after Doug Baldwin, one of Russell Wilson’s long-time favorite targets, retired this offseason. Second-round pick DK Metcalf led Seattle with 89 yards on four catches in Sunday’s 21-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Tyler Lockett added a 44-yard touchdown grab, but no other wide receivers recorded a catch in the game.Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide