Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

There have been questions as to why the New Orleans Saints have yet to reach an agreement on a new contract with impending free agent Drew Brees.

The two sides are expected to meet during the scouting combine – held from Feb. 27 to March 5 – to discuss a new, short-term contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Brees is scheduled to become a free agent when the new league year begins on March 14.

Though Brees is now 39 and has played 18 seasons, he remained in MVP contention during the 2017 season while leading the Saints to a division title and one play from the conference championship game.

Brees has said on multiple occasions that he doesn’t intend to wear another uniform as long as the feeling is mutual from the Saints. General manager Mickey Loomis said he doesn’t anticipate any issues re-signing his quarterback either.

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The WWE is attempting to sign Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to a contract, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports.

Meltzer claims WWE “is willing to offer a similar style deal to Gronkowski that they offered to Ronda Rousey.”

Rousey made her debut at the Royal Rumble in January and announced that she signed a full-time contract with the wrestling promotion. Her contract does appear to be flexible, as she has not appeared on WWE television since the Rumble. She is, however, scheduled to appear during the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event on Feb. 25.

The news comes with Gronkowski’s NFL future up in the air. He would not commit to returning to the league in 2018 after New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is not the first time the former Super Bowl champion’s name has appeared in rumors related to the franchise. Mojo Rawley, a current WWE superstar, recently told TMZ, “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” the Patriots superstar would consider a career in professional wrestling.

It appears Gronk may have more than one important decision to make this summer.

Brett Favre is the NFL’s iron man, having started a record 321 games in a row during his 20-year career.

But, with the concern surrounding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions growing, Favre admitted in a recent CNN interview that he’s worried by what the future holds for his health after a career of physical punishment.

“I’m able to function the way I so choose, at least up to this point,” Favre said, according to Tully Corcoran of thebiglead.com. “I stay active. … Tomorrow may be totally different. Tomorrow I may not remember who I am, I may not know where I live, and that’s the frightening thing for us football players.”

Favre also said he won’t push for his grandchildren to following his sporting footsteps.

“I’m not going to encourage him to play football,” Favre said regarding the oldest grandchild, who is eight. “I’m not saying I would discourage him, but I would be cringing every time I saw my grandson get tackled, because I know, physically, what’s at stake.”

Peyton Manning could be at the center of a bidding war between ESPN and FOX this offseason, as the two networks are reportedly looking to hire a marquee name as a game analyst for their respective prime-time football properties.

Both networks have Manning at the top of their lists, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

ESPN needs a replacement for Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football after he left the booth to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders, and FOX recently picked up the rights to Thursday Night Football in a multibillion-dollar deal.

Manning has reportedly been approached multiple times by different networks in regard to a TV analyst role, but he’s been reluctant thus far.

One source told Marchand that ESPN is willing to “back up the truck” for Manning’s services. Gruden was reportedly ESPN’s highest-paid personality at more than $6.5 million per year.

It’s unclear whether the network would retain Sean McDonough as the play-by-play announcer partnered with Manning.

ESPN reportedly views Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, and Kurt Warner as fallback options. Hasselbeck and McDonough recently called the Pro Bowl as a broadcast team.

The future looks bright in San Francisco, and John Lynch hopes that’s apparent to upcoming free agents.

The 49ers general manager secured the services of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a reported five years and $137.5 million, and now he’s turning his attention to the open market.

The team will have an estimated $77 million to spend in free agency and is poised to be an active participant.

“We’re fully aware of all the work we have to do. This was a big piece,” Lynch said of signing Garoppolo to an extension, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports.

“Heading into free agency this is a big deal. It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside. We have this guy. Who wouldn’t want to be here.”

The 49ers finished 2017 on a five-game winning streak with Garoppolo under center and will certainly be a popular dark-horse pick with pundits entering 2018.

Confident he’ll return from his Achilles injury by training camp, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is aiming to play much further into the future despite entering the final year of his contract.

“Honestly I’m not sure on their side of things,” Sherman said, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN. “It doesn’t change anything in my mind. If we have the talks, we do, if we don’t, then it is what it is. I plan on playing five, six more years, whether it’s here or somewhere else. Business is business.”

Sherman has been acting as his own agent since his previous representation, Ben Dogra of CAA, had his license temporarily revoked by the NFLPA in January, 2016.

He doesn’t feel as though he’s missing out.

“It was just, I don’t need an agent at this point,” Sherman said. “My resume kind of is what it is – and if that’s not enough, then I don’t know what’s going to be enough.”

Sherman isn’t paying attention to rumors that the Seahawks could release him this offseason due to the injury, or to the fact he’ll turn 30 years old at the end of March and is due a non-guaranteed $11 million base salary for the upcoming season.

The Seahawks reportedly shopped Sherman last offseason but were unable to find a suitor willing to match a seemingly high asking price.

They were rewarded, as Sherman finished his abbreviated season as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 33 cornerback.

Coming off a Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which he caught 9 of 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski may be weighing a career change.

The oft-injured Patriots tight end is reportedly considering retirement from football in order to pursue an acting career, a source told Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune. He suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship Game, though returned in time for the Super Bowl, and apparently told friends that his injuries have taken a toll.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sylvester Stallone have told Gronkowski he could make millions as an action star, reports Burt, which is apparently another draw because of his contract.

The four-time first-team All-Pro is due a base salary of $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019 – the final years remaining on his six-year, $54-million extension.

He’ll be 30 when that contract is set to expire.