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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski started thinking about retirement prior to playoffs
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been considering retirement "long before" this season's Super Bowl loss and recent concussion, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.
Some speculate that Gronkowski's retirement rumors are simply a tactic to sign a more lucrative contract, and it's hard to picture him walking away from the game entering his age-29 season. Still, his body has taken a lot of punishment throughout his career, and Gronkowki has indicated in the past that he doesn't spend his NFL earnings. The WWE is reportedly prepared to offer Gronkowski a contract if he were to retire from the NFL.
Gronkowski caught 8 touchdowns for 1084 yards across 14 games this season.
A.J. McCarron believed to be Browns' top option among free agent quarterbacks
ESPN reporter Pat McManamon believes quarterback A.J. McCarron has taken over the Cleveland Browns' top options in free agency.
McCarron won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals, and was officially named a free agent on Thursday. He was nearly traded to the Browns this past season, and he has voiced his desire to play there. While Kirk Cousins is certainly an option, he would undoubtedly come at a higher cost. McCarron made just $735,000 in the final year of his rookie deal this past season.
Through 3 starts and 11 career appearances, McCarron has completed 64.7% of his passes for 920 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
A.J. McCarron wins grievance against Bengals, becomes free agent
A.J. McCarron has won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals and the quarterback is now an unrestricted free agent.
During McCarron's rookie year, the Bengals placed him on the non-football injury list for a shoulder injury they felt he suffered while away from the team. Therefore, he didn't accrue a season toward free agency and was considered a restricted free agent. McCarron argued the injury was wrongly listed as non-football and an independent arbitrator has now agreed, with the 27-year-old quarterback earning unrestricted free agency as a result. Despite attempting just 133 passes in his career, McCarron is expected to get some looks as a potential starter this offseason. The Bengals will now need to find a new backup for Andy Dalton.
On a career-high 131 drop backs in 2015, McCarron posted 0.14 Passing Net Expected Points per drop back, the 12th-best mark among the 46 quarterbacks with at least 100 drop backs that year. He completed 66.4 percent of his 119 pass attempts for 854 yards while throwing 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Sebastian Janikowski wants to continue playing
Free agent kicker Sebastian Janikowski plans to continue his career, reports Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"He plans on getting another job," agent Paul Healy told Gehlken. "Unfortunately, he had this back issue. He’s healthy now, and he’s ready to go." The injury that Healy referenced sidelined Janikowski for the entire 2017 campaign. Despite that and the fact he turns 40 in March, the veteran kicker will likely get an opportunity with another team this offseason.
In 2016, Janikowski made 29-of-35 field goals (82.9 percent) and 37-of-39 extra points (94.9 percent).
Broncos' Derek Wolfe says neck is 'fixed'
Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said his neck is "fixed."
"I can turn my head like an owl. It’s crazy. I can look all the way behind me. It’s insane," Wolfe told 9 News. "I feel so much better." The 36-year-old lineman has been dealing with nerve pain in his neck since 2013 and only played 11 games last season before undergoing season-ending surgery, but he claims the procedure completely fixed the issue. It sounds like Wolfe may be ready for training camp.
Wolfe recorded 31 tackles (18 solo) with 2 sacks last season before landing on injured reserve.
Larry Fitzgerald tells Cardinals he will return next season
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told new head coach Steve Wilks he will return for the 2018 season.
"Larry mentioned to me last night that he's coming back for the 2018 season," Wilks said on the Doug and Wolf Show. "He's totally committed, those are his words." Fitzgerald turns 35 in August and next season will be his 15th in the NFL. Despite his elder statesmanship, the veteran wideout finished 2nd in the league last season with 109 catches. It's worth mentioning that the Cardinals still need to find a quarterback, but Fitzgerald has proven he can remain effective regardless of who is throwing the football.
Fitzgerald averaged 12.9 FanDuel points per game this season, with 109 receptions for 1,156 yards and 6 touchdowns on 161 targets.
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