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Report: Kraft deposed in Kaepernick suit against NFL

Report: Kraft deposed in Kaepernick suit against NFL

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among the NFL owners who will be deposed and asked to turn over their cellphone records and emails “in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Schefter reported that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair will also be deposed and depositions from other owners and league officials will be sought. 

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, 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 last season.

Kaepernick, who turned 30 on Friday, opted out of his contract with the 49ers in the offseason and is still looking for an NFL job. Numerous NFL players followed Kapernick's lead by kneeling during the anthem before games this season.  

Kraft was among the owners, cited in an ESPN story last month, who played a prominent role in discussions between owners and players about the anthem protests in a meeting in New York on Oct. 17. 

That ESPN story said Kraft “politely rebuked” hard-line owners who were demanding that all players stand for the anthem. 

Patriots sign first-round pick draft pick Isaiah Wynn

Patriots sign first-round pick draft pick Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots signed first-round draft pick OL Isaiah Wynn, the team announced Friday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Wynn, selected as the 23rd overall pick out of Georgia, played both guard and tackle with the Bulldogs.

New England's second-round pick, running back Sony Michel, is now the only Patriots draft selection that remains unsigned.

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Report: Patriots agree to deal with top draft pick Isaiah Wynn

Report: Patriots agree to deal with top draft pick Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots have agreed to a deal with first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn, the offensive lineman out of Georgia, ESPN’s Field Yates reports.

Wynn, the 23rd overall pick was a guard in college but may be used at left tackle by the Pats. The only New England draft pick who remains unsigned is Wynn’s Georgia teammate, running back Sony Michel, their other first-round selection, who went 31st. 

In the NFL rookie salary scale, each drafted player gets a four-year deal and first-round picks have a fifth-year option built in. 

According to sporttrac.com’s salary projections, Wynn’s deal is worth $11.5 million total and Michel’s will be $9.69 million.

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