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Report: Before trading for Garoppolo, 49ers GM Lynch asked for Brady

Report: Before trading for Garoppolo, 49ers GM Lynch asked for Brady

49ers GM John Lynch, when initially rebuffed in his attempt to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo, asked Bill Belichick about the availability of the Patriots' other quarterback in a trade, according to FOXSports' Jay Glazer.

Want to guess what Belichick's answer was?

Eventually, Lynch must've worn Belichick down on Jimmy G - and somehow couldn't sell him on trading Tom Brady - as the Patriots and 49ers completed a deal Monday that sent Garoppolo to San Francisco for a second-round pick.

As for Garoppolo's future in San Francisco, it depends on who you read. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that sources tell him that if the Niners turned around and traded Jimmy G, they could "possibly get more back than the second-round pick they surrendered." However, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that Garoppolo could have a long-term deal with the Niners before he takes a snap for them.

 

Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski is almost 34 years old, but in Mexico City he provided a reminder that he's not slowing down in his 12th NFL season. 

After going four-for-four on field goals -- including a team-record 62-yarder, a 51-yarder and a 40-yarder -- and making all three of his extra points, Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career. 

During a press conference on Wednesday, Bill Belichick explained that someone in Gostkowski's situation probably isn't improving at this point in his career. But if he's maintaining a strong level of play, that's OK. 

"I don’t know how much real improvement you’re going to see from a player that’s been in the league 12 or 20 years in a case like Adam [Vinatieri] or somebody like that," Belichick said. "But, if the level they’re performing at is pretty good, if they can maintain that, then that’s certainly enough to help the team.

"Are there things that a player can do better? Yeah, sure, there always are technique things. I think Steve has really improved in some of his alternative kicks on kickoffs, as an example, instead of just kicking every ball as far as he can. He’s done a great job of that. I’d say it’s maintaining the timing and the overall leg speed and technique that makes kickers good at their job."

Ex-Pats Moss, Law and Seymour among Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Ex-Pats Moss, Law and Seymour among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former Patriots Randy Moss, Ty Law and Richard Seymour are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

In January, selectors will reduce the list to 15 finalists, who will join seniors Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard on the final ballot. The annual selection meeting will take place Feb.y 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Click here for the complete story from NBC's Pro Football Talk.