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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 benefit 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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Tom Brady praises Colin Kaepernick, calls upcoming workout 'pretty cool'

Tom Brady praises Colin Kaepernick, calls upcoming workout 'pretty cool'

The New England Patriots are one of 11 teams that will have a representative at Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday.

Their starting quarterback is a fan of Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. In an interview Thursday night on Westwood One, host Jim Gray asked Brady if he thought a quarterback like Kaepernick could successfully return to the league after a three-year absence.

"I think being a pro quarterback is very challenging in and of itself," Brady told Gray. "To have time off is a challenge, but Colin's overcome a lot of challenges in his career, and he's always found a way to produce.

"He's very mentally tough, and I think it's pretty cool that he's getting that opportunity."

Brady has been supportive of Kaepernick in the past, admitting in 2017 he's always "admired" the ex-Niners QB after San Francisco beat the Patriots in Foxboro in 2012 and expressing his hope that another team sign Kaepernick.

That didn't happen, of course: Kaepernick went unclaimed in 2017 free agency after protesting racial inequality and social injustice in America by sitting and/or kneeling during the national anthem.

The Patriots have been loosely speculated as a team that could sign the 32-year-old as Brady's backup. At the very least, it appears the 42-year-old respects Kaepernick -- wherever he ends up.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Reuben Frank on how SB52 changed expectations in Philly; Patriots edge over Eagles

Patriots Talk Podcast: Reuben Frank on how SB52 changed expectations in Philly; Patriots edge over Eagles

More Patriots-Eagles matchup talk ahead of the Super Bowl 52 rematch Sunday in Philly, plus NBC Sports Philly's Reuben Frank joins Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry to talk about lasting impact the Eagles' Super victory had on the franchise.

2:30 - Phil Perry and Tom Curran break down the Eagles offensive advantages over the Patriots, including their success in two-tight end sets. Should Stephon Gilmore shadow Zach Ertz to try and lock him down?

10:50 - The Eagles offensive line has been one of the best in the league this year and could allow Philly's run game to break out vs. the Patriots.

14:53 - Tom argues that the Patriots' biggest advantage over the Eagles is their top-ranked secondary.

18:22 - Phil explains how the Patriots hurry-up offense could be used to tire out the Eagles' strong pass rush.

22:26 - Reuben Frank from NBC Sports Philadelphia joins Tom and Phil to talk about the Eagles Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots, the expectations that win put on the city, and just how bad the Eagles wide receiver corps is this season.

37:40 - Tom caught up with Ben Watson to get his take on the workout being held for Colin Kaepernick.

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