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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.

Charles Woodson has perfect reaction to Adam Vinatieri field-goal miss


Charles Woodson has perfect reaction to Adam Vinatieri field-goal miss

Adam Vinatieri showed signs of mortality about two decades too late for Charles Woodson.

A week shy of 17 years after the ex-New England Patriots kicker broke the Raiders' hearts with a game-winning kick in the snow, the 46-year-old missed one on Saturday in the AFC Divisional Round. With his Indinapolis Colts down 24-7, Vinatieri missed from 23 yards out as time expired in the first half.

That's the same distance he converted from to give the Patriots a win over Woodson and the Raiders in the AFC Divisional Round on Jan. 19, 2002. The irony was not lost on the legendary cornerback.

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Of course, Vinatieri's precision wasn't the only thing that didn't go the Raiders' way on that day in 2002. That game featured the infamous "Tuck Rule" call, which current Raiders coach Jon Gruden said ran him out of Oakland the first time around. 

That game has prompted plenty of "what-ifs" in the Bay Area and beyond. Had the Raiders won, would the Patriots dynasty have ever really started? Would the Raiders have gone on to start a dynasty of their own? There are numerous questions, and each would have made a fundamentally different NFL today. 

With Vinatieri's Colts trailing on Saturday from their first defensive possession onward in a 31-13 loss, Vinatieri's miss probably won't prompt the same amount of speculation. 

Raiders takeaways: Three things we learned from 42-28 loss to Colts

Raiders takeaways: Three things we learned from 42-28 loss to Colts


OAKLAND -- The Raiders needed a win so, so bad. They played terrible football during a two-game losing streak and then traded Amari Cooper after returning from a bye. So, suffice to say, the Silver and Black took some heat.

But a victory could’ve diverted talk of tanking and fire sales for one day at least, giving this hard-luck fan base a point of pride.

The Silver and Black weren’t able to do that Sunday, losing to the Indianapolis Colts 42-28 at the Coliseum.

Here are three quick takeaways from the Raiders' latest loss, which dropped them to 1-6:

Carr on target

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was put through the ringer this week, dealing with unsubstantiated trade rumors and a report stating that he had lost the locker room after two dismal performances.

The embattled signal-caller was bothered by all the talk, but he shut it out Sunday and played an excellent game. He was 21-of-28 passing for 244 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored his first career rushing TD.

Kudos should also go to the Raiders' offensive line, which protected Carr well after two disastrous showings against the Seahawks and the Chargers.

The Fresno State product kept the offense rolling in a tight game down the stretch, one were consistent scoring was mandatory. Carr hung tough in the pocket and took some shots while delivering one strike after another in what might have been his best performance of the season.

It came in a losing effort, which negates much good that was done by Carr.

Tight ends kill Raiders defense

The Raiders hadn’t faced a dominant tight end all season. They should’ve considered themselves lucky. The Colts have several quality tight ends, and used them to great effect against a defense that long has struggled covering that position.

Andrew Luck threw TD passes to three different tight ends, which kept the Colts’ scoring steady throughout the game.

The Colts scored on four consecutive second-half possessions, thanks largely to Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox. Doyle led the way with six catches for 70 yards and one touchdown, though the Raiders struggled to cover any tight end consistently well.

Coverage easily can be blamed, but the Raiders had no pass rush to speak of and hit Luck one time all day. Once.

A quarterback of Luck’s caliber will carve up a defense while playing without pressure, especially when exploiting matchups involving three solid tight ends.

Doug Martin revs up, then coughs it up

Martin has been a featured running back every year except this one, from high school to college to the pros. He signed as Marshawn Lynch's backup in Oakland, a role that brought some frustration and a depressed carry count.

He’s the Raiders' main man now, with Lynch on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Martin was ready for the increased workload and steamrolled to 72 yards on 13 carries. He also had 17 receiving yards, bringing more stability to Oakland's backfield than expected after Lynch went down.

Lynch, however, is known for ball security, and the Raiders needed that late in this game. Martin lost a fumble with roughly five minutes left, though -- a brutal turn that put the Raiders down for good in a game they absolutely could’ve won.

That one play negates a lot of good done by Martin in this game, which will be a frustrating development for someone who's trying to spark a career renaissance in Oakland.