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Jimmy Garoppolo won't admit he dared George Kittle to tweet at Antonio Brown

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Jimmy Garoppolo won't admit he dared George Kittle to tweet at Antonio Brown

Early on, it appeared possible that Antonio Brown eventually would head out of Pittsburgh and to the Bay Area to play with the 49ers.

Once reports surfaced that the seven-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver might want out of the Steel City, 49ers tight end George Kittle immediately sprang into action, tweeting "Sup?" at Brown on New Year's Eve. 

The star tight end previously has revealed that he sent the tweet on a dare from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

"Jimmy totally dared me to do it,” Kittle said, via Pro Football Talk. “And I am not going to say no. [I] threw it out there, and I thought it was going to be completely meaningless, and I got a response in about 10 minutes. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s exciting.’ It was fun.”

Brown responded about 20 minutes later, and the rumors started to spread like wildfire.

49ers general manager John Lynch admitted his team was interested in acquiring Odell Beckham Jr., but wasn't really involved in trade talks for Brown, who eventually wound up across the Bay with the Raiders. 

[RELATED: Game-by-game predictions for 49ers' 2019 season]

As for Garoppolo, he would neither confirm nor deny that a New Year's Eve dare sparked the tweet.

“It depends who you ask,” Garoppolo said. “He said it was [me]? I’d take it with a grain of salt then.”

As it stands, the 49ers still are looking for a top-tier receiver to take their passing game to the next level. 

While San Francisco is expected to take Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan could look at a number of wide receivers in the second round.

Raiders schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

Raiders schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

Year 1 of Jon Gruden's second reign in Oakland brought a lot of excitement but it didn't translate to wins on the field.

The Raiders traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for a host of draft picks that should help them rebuild the roster into a contender under Gruden. After going 4-12 in 2018, the climb back toward the playoffs begins in 2019 when the Raiders' offense will be much more potent thanks to the addition of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.

Every year, one or two teams surprises and make a leap from cellar-dweller to playoff contender, and the Raiders certainly have the makeup of a team that could do that.

With the 2019 schedule having been released, let's go game-by-game and see how the Silver and Black will fare this season.

VIEW RAIDERS GAME-BY-GAME PREDICTIONS HERE

Antonio Brown settles lawsuit stemming from furniture-throwing incident

Antonio Brown settles lawsuit stemming from furniture-throwing incident

Finally, some good news for Antonio Brown.

The Raiders’ star wide receiver has had a wild offseason filled with social media outbursts, a trade and a new contract.

OK, so it wasn't all bad.

Still, Brown probably was happy Monday when he agreed to settle a lawsuit that had been brought against him over an incident last spring in which the receiver allegedly got into an altercation with security at an apartment in South Florida, according to ESPN.

During the dispute, the 30-year-old allegedly threw items off the balcony of the apartment, including furniture, which nearly struck a 2-year-old boy.

The guardian of the child had been suing Brown for "intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault" when two vases, an ottoman and other pieces of furniture fell next to the boy who was at the pool area of The Mansions at Acqualina in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.,, according to ESPN.

Brown still is being sued by the owner of the apartment. That lawsuit is ongoing. 

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With this legal issue behind him, Brown will prepare for his first season with the Silver and Black, hoping to reenergize a passing attack that was suboptimal in 2018.