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Jerry Rice, who spent the bulk of his Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, would endorse a potential trade for star wideout Antonio Brown.

“If you got a player like that, that you can get, that can really add to the offense of the San Francisco 49ers where now you let those guys go play, I think you have to go for it,” Rice said Monday during an appearance on 95.7 The Game.

Brown is coming off his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl season but a series of missteps off the field has put his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers in jeopardy. He’s been called selfish by many – including ex-teammate Ryan Clark – since going MIA on the Steelers during the final week of the regular season.

The 30-year-old Brown has fueled speculation that he wants out of Pittsburgh since the end of the campaign by posting photos of Rice from his 49ers days on social media.

“This guy, he is a team player,” Rice said. “People have to realize, too, (tight end) George Kittle is gonna get doubled … and you need someone on the other side that’s gonna complement him where he can take that double-coverage off George Kittle and they work together and they become a tandem.”

Brown posted 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. However, his large contract, advancing age, and off-field issues could be problematic for any interested team.

As for Rice, the three-time Super Bowl champion owns the NFL career receiving records for catches, yards, and touchdowns.

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San Francisco 49ers third-string quarterback Nick Mullens was the star of the show Thursday night, lighting up the hapless Oakland Raiders in his first career start and propelling his team to a dominant 34-3 win.

Mullens put up record-setting numbers, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 22 attempts for a near-perfect passer rating of 151.9, the highest mark for a debuting quarterback since 1990.

Kyle Shanahan was the mastermind behind Mullens’ huge night, and the 49ers head coach wasn’t surprised the bright lights of prime time had no effect on the 2017 undrafted free agent.

“You never know until you see someone,” Shanahan said about Mullens, according to NFL.com’s Austin Knoblauch. “He didn’t surprise us in terms of, the game’s not too big for Nick. He’s very poised. He is always locked in. The guys, they respect him. He earned a lot of respect in the preseason, them watching him play. Both years, last year and this year.

“The way he handles himself in practice each week. He didn’t really know for sure whether he was going to start today, until today, and just the way he handled the two days of long walkthroughs and stuff.

“He’s a machine in there and I was happy for him.”

Despite the performance, Shanahan didn’t say if he will continue with Mullens as the starter. C.J. Beathard – who started the previous five games – was forced to act as the backup as he dealt with wrist and thumb injuries that made him unable to properly grip the football.

“We’ll consider it,” Shanahan said. “Definitely not thinking about that right now, but our whole team played very well. Nick definitely did. … It’s good to get a win today and hopefully it can lead to some others.”

Jimmy Garoppolo‘s MRI Monday revealed what the San Francisco 49ers had originally feared, as the team confirmed he suffered a torn left ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

The quarterback went down late in the fourth quarter after cutting back into the field instead of stepping out of bounds at the end of a quarterback scramble. He also stepped into a heavy hit upon making the cut.

C.J. Beathard is currently the only other quarterback on San Francisco’s roster, so he’ll presumably start in Garoppolo’s absence barring a trade or free-agent signing. The team will reportedly bring free agent Tom Savage in for a workout, a source told ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.

The injury is a huge blow to a once-promising 49ers season. The team currently sits at 1-2 after a 38-27 loss to the Chiefs.

Garoppolo’s first full season with the 49ers finishes with 718 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant was a big source of motivation for Richard Sherman during his recovery from an Achilles injury.

Bryant, who ruptured his own Achilles tendon in 2013, told ESPN’s Nick Wagoner he reached out to the San Francisco 49ers cornerback – then a member of the Seattle Seahawks – a day after he suffered the injury to see how he was doing.

“When I first called to check on him I said, ‘Are you alright, I want to make sure you are not being a baby about it?'” Bryant said of the November 2017 phone call.

The pair’s friendship dates back to 2014, when they met at a Nike photoshoot following the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII victory. Sherman said Bryant was “essential” in his rehabilitation, offering guidance and acting as a sounding board.

“He and I had a previous relationship and talked and texted all the time,” Sherman said. “So he gave me some pointers and things I needed to do early on in the process to make sure that I expedited the healing process and I was more proactive than reactive. I think that was one of the big things.”

Sunday will mark Sherman’s first regular-season game in 10 months, and Bryant is looking forward to his friend’s comeback.

“I’m excited for him to come back and show the world what he’s got, man,” Bryant said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

Stephen Burbank, the system arbitrator assigned to Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case, denied the NFL’s request to dismiss the quarterback’s complaint against the league.

Burbank did not provide a conclusive victory for Kaepernick but decided there was enough evidence for the case to continue and potentially go to trial.

The NFL did not provide comment on Burbank’s decision.

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal outlined the legal process before Kaepernick’s case can go to a federal courts appeal, with the court trial and ensuing decision happening before. The decision can then be appealed to a three-person panel under the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement. Afterward, the decision could go to federal court.

Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL was filed in October under the premise that the NFL’s owners colluded to keep him out of the league due to his protests against police brutality and racial inequality during the national anthem. He attended the depositions of commissioner Roger Goodell along with the depositions of several NFL owners.

The signal-caller opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017 when it became apparent that they had no interest in re-signing him.

The San Francisco 49ers will honor the late Dwight Clark in a number of ways during the 2018 campaign.

San Francisco will host a tribute in Clark’s memory during its Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 21. The celebration will be highlighted by the unveiling of a statue depicting “The Catch” – Clark’s iconic game-winning touchdown in the 1981 NFC Championship Game – outside Levi’s Stadium.

49ers players will also wear “87” helmet decals throughout the season that feature Clark’s legendary catch.

Clark died June 4 after a battle with ALS. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, and later had his No. 87 retired by the 49ers.

It was not long ago the Seattle Seahawks were widely considered the NFL’s next great dynasty after consecutive trips to Super Bowl XLVIII and XLIX, stifling the opposition with their vaunted “Legion of Boom” defense.

As the NFL nears the end of an offseason in which Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril were released, Michael Bennett was traded, and Kam Chancellor all but officially called an end to his career due to injury, Sherman is speaking out about the current state of the team.

“They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that,” Sherman told MMQB’s Robert Klemko. “They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.”

Through the losses, the Seahawks have managed to retain All-Pros Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas, who garner the team’s second- and fourth-highest cap hits for 2018, respectively.

As Thomas heads into the final year of his contract, however, he has been the subject of rampant trade rumors amid the threat of a holdout.

Sherman says there’s no reason for the Seahawks to risk losing the six-time Pro Bowler, who’ll enter the 2018 season at 29 years old.

“It’s just unfortunate. It’s really unfortunate,” Sherman said. “I think it’ll all come out when they do the ’30 for 30.’ Mistakes and poor judgment on things ruined what could have been a really special deal. You don’t have much left right now. And to say you’re not going to pay Earl Thomas is just …

“There’s no decline in play there. He’s played the game the right way. Who do you have to pay? You have the two best linebackers in the game. You have the quarterback. You have a great wide receiver in Doug (Baldwin). And you’re paying Duane Brown.”