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Kraft to give deposition in Kaepernick case

Kraft to give deposition in Kaepernick case

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of several NFL owners, coaches and executives who have - or in Kraft's case, will - give a deposition in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL, TMZ Sports reports.

Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have also been questioned. Kaepernick was present earlier this week for Elway and McNair’s depositions. 

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers QB, is pursuing a grievance, via the league’s collective bargaining agreement, that claims the NFL colluded to keep him out of the league after he became the first player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games.

Kaepernick, 30, did not get any NFL job offers last season.

Kraft was at a meeting between owners and NFL players where Kaepernick and the players’ protest were discussed last fall. 

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NFL rumors: Broncos likely to trade WR Emmanuel Sanders before deadline

NFL rumors: Broncos likely to trade WR Emmanuel Sanders before deadline

The Denver Broncos are 2-5 with the NFL trade deadline approaching, and the smart route for the AFC West team would be trading veterans for draft picks in an effort to rebuild the roster.

One veteran who should interest teams around the league is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported Sunday that Sanders is "likely" to be traded before the deadline, which is set for Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET. 

Sanders is in the final year of his contract. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season.

The 32-year-old wideout has tallied 30 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns through seven games for the Broncos this season. He is one of the top wide receivers who could be dealt at the trade deadline, and several contending teams, including the New England Patriots, would greatly benfit from adding a player of Sanders' caliber. The Patriots signed Sanders to an offer sheet in 2013, but the Pittsburgh Steelers matched it. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday the Broncos are expected to seek better than a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Sanders if he's traded.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals what impresses him most about Bill Belichick

Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals what impresses him most about Bill Belichick

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is getting very close to 300 career wins in the regular season and playoffs combined.

Belichick enters his team's Week 7 game against the New York Jets on Monday night with 267 regular season wins and 31 playoff victories in his head coaching career, giving him 298 total. The only head coaches in NFL history with 300 or more career wins are Don Shula and George Halas. 

Belichick has 231 wins in his 20-plus seasons leading the Patriots, and most of them have come with Tom Brady at quarterback. These two also have won more Super Bowl titles (six) than any other QB-coach combo in league history.

What impresses Brady the most when it comes to his coach?

"I think just his consistency, dependability," Brady explained to reporters Saturday. "I think all of those things we talk about in a great player, it’s the same thing in a great coach. I think his dependability, his consistency, what he brings to work every day and his commitment to our team – I don’t think you can ask for anything more than that as a player. He’s got great competitive stamina, and in my view, he’s the greatest coach of all time. So, it’s a privilege to play for him, and just to see him get all of these wins. He certainly deserves it."

What does Brady mean by "competitive stamina"?

"Well, I think you’ve got to bring it every day," Brady said. "I think this is kind of the time in the year, after six weeks, where people start getting a little fatigued. You get a little tired. You guys probably feel that, too. You start getting a little bit tired, and you take a little shortcut and you don’t quite work as long.

"That’s the same for the players. You get a little tired during the week, so you study a little less, you don’t watch as much film, or you don’t go as hard in practice. I think if you do that, you shortcut yourself, and then you shortcut the team. And I think this team has always done a good job pushing through those moments, those opportunities, and you just keep grinding – I think that’s a word we use around here a lot – and you try to do the best you can do every day."

If the Patriots take care of business and beat the Jets on the road Monday night, Belichick will able to secure win No. 300 at home in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns -- the franchise that gave him his first head coaching job in 1991.

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