Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis had a well-known fascination with trying to acquire former first-round draft picks from other teams if they became available.
According to New York Giants safety Stevie Brown, Brandon Meriweather's name can be added to a lengthy list.
Brown sought answers after being cut by the Raiders in the 2011 preseason following a productive rookie campaign as a special-teams player and defensive reserve. From what he heard "through the grapevine," the late Davis had made the move while hoping to sign Meriweather as a free agent following his release by New England.
Davis didn't get his man - and lost Brown in the process.
Chicago outbid Oakland and Denver, among other interested Meriweather suitors, with a lofty one-year, $3.25 million contract offer. Brown was claimed off waivers by Carolina, released almost immediately afterward and then signed with Indianapolis two weeks later for the rest of the 2011 campaign.
"I heard that Davis wanted to get Meriweathe...