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Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson interested in Antonio Brown as teammate

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson interested in Antonio Brown as teammate

Around and around we go.

Almost any other wide receiver who burned as many bridges as Antonio Brown has over the last two years never would 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.

49ers' Deebo Samuel receives NSFW praise from ex-NFL star Chad Johnson

49ers' Deebo Samuel receives NSFW praise from ex-NFL star Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson (Ochocinco?) knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a top-tier wide receiver in the NFL. During his 11-year NFL career, Johnson caught 766 passes for 11,059 yards, 67 touchdowns and was six-time Pro-Bowl selection.

So, when he sees star potential everyone should listen. He sees it in Deebo Samuel. The former Cincinnati Bengals star tweeted some NSFW praise for the 49ers second-year pro on Monday.

"Deebo Samuel ...... man, listen to me, I know my s--t, that m-----f----r is fire," Johnson wrote on Twitter.

Expectations are high for Samuel as he enters his second NFL season. With Emmanuel Sanders leaving to join the New Orleans Saints in free agency, Samuel is expected to take up the mantle as the 49ers' No. 1 receiver, with tight end George Kittle still serving as the top passing game option for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The South Carolina product shined toward the end of last season and was a focal point of the 49ers' offensive game plan in their Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He caught five passes for 39 yards and set a Super Bowl record for rushing yards by a receiver with 53.

Johnson isn't the only one who sees Samuel's lofty potential. Recently retired left tackle Joe Staley believes Samuel can be the next star receiver in the NFL.

“Basically, he’s one of the most talented rookies I’ve ever seen,” Staley told Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee.  “I was just telling him how important this offseason is and he can be the greatest receiver in the NFL. Just to work really hard this offseason and use this as motivation.”

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Samuel has been training in Houston this offseason at Blitz Football, along with running back Jerick McKinnon. But he was in Nashville on Monday to get some reps in with Garoppolo.

The 49ers' offense should be a potent force in 2020 with Samuel and Kittle being joined by first-round draft pick Brandon Aiyuk. The addition of Aiyuk and an offseason spent improving should help Samuel build on a rookie season that saw him lead all NFL wide receivers with 25 missed tackles forced.

If Samuel can take his game to the next level, the 49ers will be in great position to get back to the Super Bowl and finish the job.

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