Rob Gronkowski announces he’ll play for Patriots in 2018

April 24th, 2018

Rob Gronkowski ended an offseason of speculation on Tuesday, announcing on Instagram that he intends to play for the New England Patriots in the upcoming season. Gronkowski was non-committal about continuing to play football after February’s Super Bowl loss. “I’m not ready for these type of questions right now,” Gronkowski said in the postgame news conference.

GM Pace saves excitement for draft with Bears picking 8th

April 24th, 2018

There were no major revelations or bold proclamations from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace heading into the draft. ''This time of year I think it's OK to be a little boring in these moments,'' Pace said Tuesday. Pace staked his reputation last year to Mitchell Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to grab the quarterback he believes is the one to help energize a struggling franchise with the second pick.

Vikings RB Cook making progress from knee surgery

April 24th, 2018

Dalvin Cook's rehab from an ACL tear is going pretty well. Cook's rookie campaign was off to a superb start before it was cut short after four games due to the injury to his left knee. Cook, who rushed for 354 yards prior to the injury, participated in strength and conditioning drills on Tuesday.

Vikings’ Cook making strong offseason comeback in knee rehab

April 24th, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup. Running back Dalvin Cook, his promising rookie season cut painfully short at four games because of a torn ACL in his left knee , has passed the six-month mark in his rehabilitation and remains on track for full action when training camp begins. ''Dalvin's knocked the rehab out of the park,'' Sugarman said.

Rapper Meek Mill could be on his way to 76ers game after release from prison

April 24th, 2018

Protesters demonstrate in front of a courthouse during a hearing for rapper Meek Mill. Mill was sentenced in November 2017 to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. Meek Mill is free.

Chiefs GM Brett Veach prepped for first draft in charge

April 24th, 2018

Brett Veach has made so many maneuvers involving draft picks since taking over as the Kansas City Chiefs' general manager that it's hard to believe he's never led an actual draft. The young front office boss, who took over when John Dorsey was let go last summer, heads into the three-day draft Thursday without a first-round pick. Certainly, it will be different as a GM.

Broncos have their highest pick since 2011

April 24th, 2018

Von Miller publicly pleaded with John Elway to sign free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason only to see the Denver Broncos GM reel in Case Keenum instead. ''I'm cool with whatever he does with that pick,'' Miller said.

Texans GM Gaine navigates draft minus picks in 1st 2 rounds

April 24th, 2018

Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine has quite a challenge as he prepares for his first draft with the team. Instead of worrying about the picks Houston doesn't have, Gaine is focused on how he can get the most out of the four picks the Texans own in the third and fourth rounds. ''Although they might not be player 50 or 60, we're still going to get four players in the top 103,'' Gaine said.

Cardinals reportedly serious about moving up for QB

April 24th, 2018

If you look at it from a need standpoint, the Cardinals should be high on the list of teams pursuing a quarterback. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Cardinals are “making a lot of noise about moving up” in the first round. If they are, the logical landing spots would be the Broncos (fifth overall) and Colts (sixth), unless they’re prepared to swing a major deal.

Newsome has plenty holes to fill in last draft with Ravens

April 24th, 2018

For more than two decades, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has stressed the importance of using the team's first pick in the NFL draft to snag the most talented player available, regardless of whether there's a pressing need at that position. ''From the very beginning, we've been a big believer in just taking the best player,'' Newsome said. It is a process that completely made sense when the Ravens were Super Bowl contenders.