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Could ex-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick join Patriots in non-playing role?

Could ex-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick join Patriots in non-playing role?

The New England Patriots made one splash signing at the quarterback position Sunday when they reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with Cam Newton.

But could another big move be in the works in New England, this time involving former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? Longtime NFL radio host JT The Brick teased such a move Sunday, but claims Kaepernick joining the Patriots won't be so he can wear a helmet on Sundays.

After a source told JT in May that Newton would be signing with the Patriots, the radio host claims the same reliable source has similar information on Kaepernick joining the Patriots in a non-playing role.

JT claims the Patriots are making these moves as a way to distract people from bad news that's head their way. Shortly after news of the Patriots signing Newton broke, the NFL fined the Patriots $1.1 million and took a third-round draft pick from them for illegally filming the Cincinnati Bengals.

Owner Robert Kraft's prostitution case also is slated to head to the appellate court soon.

Now, of course, this is all massive speculation from a radio host who may or may not have had a source tell him in May about Newton going to the Patriots.

Kaepernick hasn't taken a snap in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, the year he began peacefully protesting systemic racism and police brutality during the national anthem. He opted out of his deal with the 49ers after he was informed he would be released if he did not opt-out. Kaepernick settled a lawsuit against the NFL last year in which he alleges the league blackballed him.

The NFL changed its tune in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests taking place around the country and the world in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. Commissioner Roger Goodell recorded a video supporting players' right to peacefully protest and the Black Lives Matter movement. Goodell also said he encourages a team to sign Kaepernick, but that's hard to believe. Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Kaepernick would be on their summer workout list and any team "would be crazy" not to work out Kaepernick.

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Kaepernick reportedly has stayed in peak shape and is ready should his opportunity to return to the NFL arise.

While Kaepernick might never take another snap in the NFL, it seems unlikely he would take a non-playing position in New England while still just 32 years old.

At the moment, this is all smoke and no fire.

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Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Around and around we go.

Almost any other wide receiver who burned as many bridges as Antonio Brown has over the last two years would never draw interest from another NFL team ever again. But due to his tantalizing talent and prolific production, he continues to get the benefit of the doubt.

He doesn't deserve it, but it's understandable. Forget receivers, when Brown is on the field, there are few offensive players more frightening for defensive coordinators. Of course, he also has proven himself to be a nightmare for his own coaches. Thus is the risk/reward factor he presents.

Despite his risk far outweighing the reward as of late, interest in Brown doesn't appear to be waning. 

Back in May, it was reported that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "would love" to add Brown to his receiving corps. A little more than a month later, the two were connecting on routes on a practice field.

Yes, that is a Raiders helmet that Brown is wearing. How'd his time in Oakland go, again? But I digress...

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Wilson doesn't appear to be the only star quarterback interested in adding Brown to his roster. After former NFL receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter to express his preference for Brown to join the Texans, Houston QB Deshaun Watson didn't exactly pour cold water on the idea.

The Texans were on the wrong end of one of the more one-sided trades in recent memory this offseason when they questionably sent standout receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Houston did acquire Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams, but perhaps Watson believes his receiving corps is missing an ingredient.

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If Brown is signed -- which is a big if -- it's unlikely he would be able to play much at all this coming season, regardless of which team signed him. A trio of Personal Conduct Policy investigations must be concluded before he can sign with a team, and even if all that is settled, it is widely expected that he would be facing a lengthy suspension upon rejoining the league.

Do you trust Brown to behave through that entire process? At this point, it's difficult to understand why anyone would. But clearly, some players still feel the risk is worth the reward.

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

The 49ers ran through the NFC playoffs, held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV and arguably have improved this offseason. So, they've got to be the favorites in their own division, right?

It wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb to take that stance, as San Francisco currently is the betting favorite to emerge not just from the NFC West, but the conference as a whole. There's a reason for that, and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon doesn't disagree.

"You'd have to go with San Francisco right now," Moon said Thursday on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs" show when asked which team is the favorite in the NFC West. "I mean, they're the defending NFC champs. They bring back pretty much everybody from that football team. 

"They've lost a couple of receivers, but I still think they have a lot of good talent on their team. Their strength is going to be in their running game. I think their offensive line just got strengthened by signing (Trent Williams). So, they're going to be the team to beat, but this is going to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.

"You've got Seattle, who's going to be right there. ... And then you always have the Rams, who you just don't know how good they're going to be. And then Arizona is going to be much more improved. So this is going to be a very, very competitive division, as it usually is."

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The 49ers might be the deserved favorites in the division, but Moon is correct. The NFC West was tough enough last year, when San Francisco split the season series with the Seahawks and went down to the wire in both meetings with the Cardinals. As good as the 49ers are, claiming a second straight division title will be no easy task.

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