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Williams appears interested in recruiting AB to join 49ers

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Antonio Brown

It appears Tom Brady and Russell Wilson aren't the only NFL stars interested in having Antonio Brown join their Super Bowl quest in 2021.

The free-agent wide receiver posted an Instagram Live video of himself working out Thursday, and 49ers star left tackle Trent Williams chimed in trying to lure Brown to the Bay.

Brown was suspended eight games last season for multiple violations of the NFL's personal-conduct policy stemming from his no-contest plea to burglary and battery charges, and accusations that he sent intimidating texts to a woman who accused the receiver of making past unwanted advances. 

The seven-time Pro Bowl pick eventually signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. Brown remains a free agent, but he's expected to return to the Super Bowl champion Bucs because of his strong relationship with Tom Brady, whom he also played with in New England.

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While the 49ers checked all the primary boxes of their free-agency plan, starting with re-signing Williams to a record-breaking contract, San Francisco still has a need for a slot receiver. George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk will be the 49ers' top-three pass-catching options.

After seeing Kendrick Bourne join the Patriots, the 49ers need a No. 3 receiver. That could come in the 2021 NFL Draft, or the 49ers could hope the combination of Richie James Jr. and Jalen Hurd does the trick. So it's clear Brown would fill a need if the 49ers were interested, but there's no reason to believe they would be.


The 49ers already looked into acquiring Brown before the 2019 season, and general manager John Lynch concluded that the receiver wasn't the right fit for the team that he and Kyle Shanahan were building. So, while Williams might want to see the 49ers add another dynamic weapon to the arsenal, it's safe to say it won't be Brown.

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