NFL rumors: 49ers among four teams that could trade for Antonio Brown


NFL rumors: 49ers among four teams that could trade for Antonio Brown

The 49ers should have the room to acquire embattled Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, but they're not the only ones. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport listed the 49ers, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts among the teams interested in trading for the wide receiver, based on their salary-cap space. Rapoport added Saturday on "NFL GameDay Morning" that he was told the Denver Broncos are a team to "keep an eye on" if Brown is made available.

According to Over The Cap, the 49ers have just over $62 million in cap space entering this offseason. That's fewer than each of the other teams Rapoport mentioned, save for the Broncos. Of course, those teams don't have social-media tea leaves on their side, although Brown did follow Jets defensive back Jamal Adams recently on Twitter. 

Like each of those teams, the 49ers do need a game-breaking receiver. Brown's 15 touchdowns equaled the collective total of the 49ers' wide receivers this past season. He also has 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus receiving yards in each of the last six seasons, something the 49ers haven't had since Terrell Owens caught 100 passes for 1,300 yards ... in 2002. 

The 49ers also should have the necessary draft capital to acquire Brown. Rapoport said the asking price is believed to be a package centered around a second-round pick, based on conversations with NFL general managers (who may or may not want to drive said price down for their own purposes). San Francisco has one pick in every round, save for the fifth and seventh. 

The Jets do not have a second-rounder in 2019, as it was traded to the Colts when they moved up to select USC quarterback Sam Darnold last year. The Broncos have a second-round pick as well. 

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No matter which team can meet the Steelers' asking price, though, Rapoport said Brown's differences with the Steelers are nearly irreconcilable. 

"A lot of work would have to happen in order for [the Steelers] to accept Brown back next year," Rapoport said. 

Given their needs, the 49ers probably won't have the same hesitancy.

Terrell Owens offers to run routes for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo in rehab


Terrell Owens offers to run routes for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo in rehab

Jimmy Garoppolo got a blast from the 49ers' past Wednesday.

The quarterback posted a photo of himself practicing to his Instagram page, writing a "Patiently Waiting" caption. Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs and missed the remainder of the season, as 49ers fans are well aware of. 

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So, too, was Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens. The former 49ers star commented on Garoppolo's post, offering to run routes for the rehabbing signal-caller.

That’s also 49ers rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis responding to T.O. about route running. Smart move. 

Owens reportedly explored a return to professional football last summer in the CFL He told ESPN days later he wasn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he still had the itch to play football.

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said at the time. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys."

The 49ers do need a receiver next season, after all. 

49ers female assistant coach Katie Sowers sees progression in sports

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49ers female assistant coach Katie Sowers sees progression in sports

The 49ers have an offensive assistant coach who works hard and brings personality no matter what.

Her name is Katie Sowers, and she's the second woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching position. She's also the first openly gay coach in the NFL.

She's aware of the grind of her job, the long hours dedicated to her job. She attends the meetings, she watches the film, and she stays up late studying the 49ers opponents. 

Her aspirations are big as well, and by the looks of it, attainable.

"I see myself as a head coach someday," she said to NBC Sports.

Sowers also said people may think that sounds crazy, but it's been a progression.

"If we look back at the way that we've built society, we have so many gender norms." 

After all, she said, people would have been shocked to know women and men could play with the same rules in basketball.

But here they are ...

"Me being a woman I don't think makes that big of a difference," she adds. "Not all male coaches are the same, not all male coaches are going to be the same."

It appears Sowers has the respect of the team as well -- you can see they don't look at her any differently than they would any other of their coaches, teachers, or teammates.

The future certainly looks bright for her, and hopefully full of progress.