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Antonio Brown wants to play for 49ers 'really badly,' says Jerry Rice

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Antonio Brown wants to play for 49ers 'really badly,' says Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown have remained in communication for a while, so Rice knows what's on the mind of the seven-time Pro Bowl performer.

Rice on Monday said Brown wants to play for the 49ers, after the two FaceTimed on Sunday.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” Rice said during an appearance on 95.7 The Game. "He wants to come here really badly."

And the Hall of Famer also made no secret of his desire to see the 49ers acquire Brown -- by whatever means possible.

“This guy, man, he’s a totally, complete team player," Rice said. "I don’t know what happened in Pittsburgh but I know that this guy, if he comes here to San Francisco, he’s going to do everything possible to help this team to win.”

Brown turns 31 in July. He has compiled six consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns receiving. In 2018, he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns.

However, Brown and the Steelers organization had their difficulties this season. Brown was benched for the Steelers’ Week 17 game. Last week, Steelers president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette it would be "hard to envision" Brown as part of the team for the 2019 season.

The Steelers must find a way, however, to account for more than $21 million the club has already paid to Brown as part of bonuses he received in 2017 and ’18.

[RELATED: 49ers among four teams that could trade for Brown]

Brown does not control where he plays next season. The Steelers can trade him to whichever team offers them the most in return. His salary is not a big concern for the 49ers. His scheduled pay for next season is more than $15 million. The 49ers will have approximately $70 million in salary-cap room. The 49ers have five draft picks this year, including the Nos. 2 and 36 overall selections.

“If it was left up to me, he’d be here in a heartbeat,” Rice said.

“It sends a message to the fans, that, ‘Hey, look, we’re not looking down the road to win. We’re looking to win right now.' And he’s that type of player -- big playmaker that can make those big plays and really put a lot of fans in the stands.”

49ers featured in 15 of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays,' including No. 2

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49ers featured in 15 of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays,' including No. 2

With another NFL Sunday just hours away, why don’t we take a little trip down memory lane?

As the NFL continues a year-long celebration of 100 years in existence, the league released its “100 Greatest Plays” from the first century of action.

The 49ers are featured prominently on the rankings, as they are involved in 15 of the top 100 plays, including the iconic moment occupying the No. 2 spot.

While many of the moments have a positive outcome for San Francisco, several may bring up some painful memories, including one involving a player who now dons a 49ers uniform every Sunday.

Check out each of the clips below, and get your popcorn ready.

[RELATED: Five to watch in Week 3: 49ers fans look to Jimmy Garoppolo for their cues]

What a play to finish off the thread, as I’m sure every 49ers fan who was watching that game live remembers exactly where they were when Dwight Clark made “The Catch.”
 

Former 49ers receiver Antonio Bryant trolls Patriots over Antonio Brown

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Former 49ers receiver Antonio Bryant trolls Patriots over Antonio Brown

No, not that AB.

Former 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant has been hit with a barrage of attacks on Twitter over the past month due to users assuming the 38-year-old is embattled free agent Antonio Brown.

The mistake is easy to understand initially, as Bryant uses his initials "AB" for his name and the handle "@ab89" is very similar to Brown's "@AB84". 

Bryant hasn't exactly shied away from the trolls, as he seems to enjoy engaging with the many who hop into his mentions to criticize Antonio Brown's behavior.

With the news of the Patriots releasing Brown on Friday, Bryant took advantage of his opportunity to take a shot at New England and the (briefly) former Raiders wideout.

The younger AB has not been quiet on social media himself, as he continues to flaunt his wealth despite now finding himself on the unemployment line.

[RELATED: Antonio Brown's swift release highlights true nature of 'Patriot Way']

Antonio Bryant last played in the NFL in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryant signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the 49ers back in 2006, but was released after just one season following reported issues with former coach Mike Nolan and a suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.