Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski acknowledged after the Super Bowl that he needed some time to think about whether he wants to keep playing. It sounds like he does, but it’s still not a sure thing.
Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports that Gronkowski recently told people he is likely to keep playing, but he has seriously considered retiring in part because of lingering frustration with coach Bill Belichick.
With Carr’s long-term deal in place and with Cook a capable player entering the third year of his cheap rookie contract, the Raiders have some flexibility as they work out their quarterback depth chart. Their re-signing of Manuel, 28, suggests he will serve as the primary backup again this season.
The 2017 development of Goff under then-first-year coach Sean McVay was huge for a franchise that desperately needed it after selecting the QB No. 1 overall in 2016. Now entering his third season, Goff continues to be backed up by the 25-year-old Mannion, who his entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract after the Rams selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft.
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah got the franchise tag from the Lions to open the offseason and has not signed it yet, so it’s not a great surprise to hear that he’s set to miss the voluntary work. It’s reportedly more than the tag keeping him away, however.
Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports that Ansah is in Ghana dealing with a family obligation, adding that Ansah, who grew up in Ghana, has been in touch with the team about his whereabouts.
One player Quinn sought to sell Patricia on immediately was free agent defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who the team ending up franchise tagging.
“Ziggy was the No. 1 conversation,” Quinn said. “I had my thoughts and I wasn’t going to take long for me to show Matt to do what we did. To have an outside edge rusher who can be as dominant as Ziggy was really appealing to Matt. Matt has had a lot of great players in New England and I think Ziggy would rank right up there with some of the best edge players that Matt has ever coached. So we’re excited to get Ziggy into this new scheme.”