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The New England Patriots were calling teams to gauge their interest in All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski as recently as three days before the NFL Draft, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. Gronkowski announced two days before the draft that he intended to play in 2018 after speculation that he might retire fueled by his comments in the aftermath of the Super Bo…

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New England Patriots tight end and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski had his head shaved Sunday at Gillette Stadium for a good cause. Gronkowski posted the images on Instagram at the ninth annual Buzz Off, an event that benefits One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation based in Massachusetts that helps take the emotional and financial stress off patients and thei…

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Taekwondo master Joe Kim, who previously worked with the Bills among other NFL teams, will be working with the Patriots this season as a pass rushing consultant to help their defensive linemen, the Boston Globe reported. Kim has consulted for 10 other NFL teams since 1992. His initial entry into the football world was with the Cleveland Browns, then coached by Bill Beli…

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Patriots tight end and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram on Tuesday night that he will be returning for the 2018 season. Gronkowski and agent Drew Rosenhaus met with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Gronkowski's plans have been the subject of much speculation since his comments after the Patriots' loss to the Eagles in the Super Bowl. "I…

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Gronkowski, the horse, will miss the Kentucky Derby, much to the chagrin of namesake and part-owner Rob Gronkowski. "It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness," he wrote on Twitter. "I fully support what is best for the horse. I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him rac…

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has not committed to playing in 2018, according to a report Wednesday from ESPN, citing sources. The sources said they believe he will play but cannot be certain absent word from Brady either publicly or privately. The sources said they think Brady wants to keep playing but that he also wants to spend more time with his family. Brady tu…

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Bills free agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots and had at least one other reported offer from the Arizona Cardinals. He also took visits to Green Bay and Tennessee, having played his college ball at Vanderbilt in Nashville. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the reason Matthews chose the Patriots had everything to do…

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The Patriots have joined the Bills as teams with two first-round picks in the NFL Draft. The Patriots are trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams for the 23rd overall pick and a sixth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cooks was acquired last March from the Saints with the Patriots' first-round pick going to New Orleans. …

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is more likely to continue his football career than retire at 28 years old, ESPN reported Sunday citing sources close to him. Gronkowski still hasn't made a decision, but the sources say that he is "pretty certain" to return as long as quarterback Tom Brady remains with the team. While that can be construed as a positive,…

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While recent reports indicate that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski intends to continue playing after mulling retirement, a future in the WWE could be a possibility at some point. Gronkowski said after the Patriots' Super Bowl loss that he needed to examine his future before deciding if he wanted to return. Reports surfaced that he was considering acting and possibly w…

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised many when he would not commit to returning for the 2018 season in the moments after the Super Bowl. Gronkowski said he needed some time to reflect on the season and talk with people closest to him and that he wasn't ready to answer what it would take for him to return. “Weeks before [the AFC Championship game], …

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Colts general manager Chris Ballard faced the media on Wednesday morning, hours after the stunning decision by Josh McDaniels to back out of his agreement to coach the Colts. The Colts-Patriots rivalry has run deep – from the duels for AFC supremacy when it was Peyton Manning's Colts against Tom Brady's Patriots to the Colts' role in starting what would become known as …

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has cleared the concussion protocol and is ready for the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Eagles. Gronkowski was asked by The News' Jerry Sullivan on Thursday at his session with reporters whether his concussion provided him with a better understanding of what Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White was feeling after he was concussed …

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During a conference call for the Super Bowl, Al Michaels, who is calling his 10th Super Bowl, gave the best analysis of how super the New England Patriots dynasty is compared to the previous dynasties in sports. He noted the New York Yankees dominated in the 1940s and 1950 when there were only 16 baseball teams and some of the earlier NFL dynasties also occurred when th…

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Here are several of the top things I learned from listening to two NBC Sports conference calls and reading some releases about coverage of Sunday's Super Bowl in Minneapolis between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles: The Hogan family: New England wide receiver Chris Hogan arguably is one of the more popular players with Buffalo ties in Sunday's Super Bowl…