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Antonio Brown follows the 49ers on social media day after trade rumors

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Antonio Brown follows the 49ers on social media day after trade rumors

Social media is everything these days. Everyone knows what you are up to, where you are and even what you're eating. And if you try to delete something, screenshots become your enemy.

But in this case, screenshotting becomes content -- and maybe even a glimpse into the future. 

One day after rumors circulated about Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wanting out of Pittsburgh, the All-Pro wideout followed the 49ers on Instagram:

And on his Twitter account, we noticed Brown started following members of the 49ers: quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, safety Adrian Colbert and tight end George Kittle.

OK, so this may make us sound like we're creepy since we know everything that's going on with these guys' social media accounts, but it's all part of the game so don't judge. Also, if you call it "investigative journalism," we don't get as much of a hard time for that.

Anyway ...

This isn't just a one-way street. George Kittle made his love for the star receiver well known on Twitter late Monday night, and AB responded in a very loving way

Like I said, when something like this is on social media, we can't help but wonder.

Perhaps it's as simple as AB becoming a supporter of Kittle who just broke the NFL season record for receiving yards by a tight end and he wants to follow the team he's on.

It could be a number of things.

Still, it gets you all warm and fuzzy thinking the two could be teammates one day.

But if that doesn't work out, perhaps the 49ers could take a chance on AB's cousin, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, who just declared for the NFL Draft:

49ers' George Kittle reveals he had rib injury while setting NFL record

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49ers' George Kittle reveals he had rib injury while setting NFL record

You likely were impressed with George Kittle's sophomore season with the 49ers, in which he set the NFL single-season record for most receiving yards by a tight end.

But perhaps you'll be even more impressed upon learning Kittle set that record after fracturing his rib cartilage midway through the season.

Kittle said he suffered the injury on the third play of the 49ers' Week 9 win over the Raiders, in which he caught four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. One of those receptions was with one hand for a 71-yard gain.

Despite the injury, Kittle still played in all 16 games and was on the field for nearly 88 percent of all snaps. Over the final five contests, he averaged 110.8 yards on 6.4 catches per game.

"It was fun, I guess," Kittle said of overcoming the injury. "I don't know, it's just something you play with."

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Given how he performed with the injury, the 49ers have to be feeling great about what a fully healthy Kittle could provide in the season ahead.

49ers schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

49ers schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

It's officially prediction season. The 49ers' schedule for the 2019 regular season was released on Wednesday, and there are plenty of interesting matchups.

Entering Year 3 of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch at the helm, the 49ers look to build upon a disappointing 4-12 season. Will they be playoff contenders or find themselves at selecting at the top of the draft again?

With some solid additions in free agency, a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo and the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, we expect a promising season. 

VIEW 49ERS GAME-BY-GAME PREDICTIONS HERE