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Antonio Brown drawing NFL teams' interest after Patriots release, agent says

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Antonio Brown drawing NFL teams' interest after Patriots release, agent says

Antonio Brown is radioactive at the moment, but that won't stop NFL teams from thinking about adding him.

A day after the Patriots cut the embattled wide receiver, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he's already spoken to teams that are interested in signing Brown.

Schefter later went on to report that the belief is that no deal will happen until the NFL has concluded its investigation into the sexual assault allegations levied against Brown.

Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to a women accusing him of unwanted sexual advances.

Those text messages enraged Patriots owner Robert Kraft so much that he called coach Bill Belichick Friday morning and the two decided it was time to release Brown.

In the span of six months, Brown has worn out his welcome with the Steelers, Raiders and Patriots because of his behavior.

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But it shouldn't surprise anyone that teams are lining up to sign Brown. In the NFL, talent always wins out. If a player can help a team win, he will get a contract, no matter what he's done.

In Brown's case, it's not a matter of if a team signs him, but when.

Raiders' Josh Jacobs has lofty receiving goal in his second NFL season

Raiders' Josh Jacobs has lofty receiving goal in his second NFL season

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had a tremendous rookie season. If not for a late-season shoulder injury, he likely would have been named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Alabama product is firmly situated as the lead back in what should be an improved Raiders offense in the team's first season in Las Vegas. The Raiders added pass-catching weapons Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards and Nelson Agholor in the draft and free agency, and Jacobs himself intends to be an improved receiving threat for quarterback Derek Carr (h/t Raiders Wire.)

"I worked on a lot of things that receivers do,” Jacobs said Wednesday at training camp. "Not just running-back routes, like how to get off the line, how to stack on top once you get vertical. I’ve just been working on all the little technical things that receivers do. Just trying to implement that into my own style and bring what I can to the table."

"My goal is to catch at least 60 balls this year," he added.

[RELATED: Raiders' Ruggs shows potential with wild one-handed catch]

Jacobs hauled in 20 receptions for 166 yards as a rookie, so that goal would represent quite a significant jump if attained. He certainly has the athleticism and ability to increase his reception total, but given the additional receiving talents on the roster, he might find it difficult to get that kind of volume. After all, there are only so many balls to go around.

Nonetheless, that's the kind of attitude the Raiders surely love to see out of one of their core offensive building blocks. There's every reason to expect Jacobs will improve upon his rookie season, and not simply as a runner.

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Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski embracing challenge as anchor of defense

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Raiders' Nick Kwiatkoski embracing challenge as anchor of defense

Timing sometimes being everything in life, it was almost too perfect that Nick Kwiatkoski finally got his chance to start on a consistent basis over the last seven games of last season.

Circumstance had previously blocked that possibility. A talented young linebacker with sideline-to-sideline and three-down play capability, Kwiatkoski was the victim of an extraordinarily talented Chicago Bears defensive roster that was particularly strong at linebacker.

On many other teams, he would have been a starter. In Chicago, he was a reserve.

But then came the opportunity for consistent playing time when Danny Trevathan went down with an injury in November. Kwiatkoski was inserted into the lineup. And with free agency pending and his long-range prospects uncertain, it was finally his time to show he could be counted on as a full-time starter.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal