It’s indeed “hogwash” that the Patriots had a trade for tight end Rob Gronkowski on the table http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/marcus-murphy-jersey , that they were ready to proceed, that quarterback Tom Brady threatened to retire, and that owner Robert Kraft vetoed the deal. That doesn’t mean the Patriots didn’t explore the possibility of doing a deal.
Per a league source Josh Ferguson Jersey , the Patriots were calling other teams about a possible Gronkowski trade as recently as three days before the draft. Coincidentally (or not), Gronkowski ended nearly three months of uncertainty regarding his future by declaring publicly that he would play in 2018 only two days before the draft.
It’s not known what the Patriots wanted, or whether a deal was actually close. If it was Paul Hornung Jersey , it never got to the point where Brady made a power play and Kraft made a boss move, literally.
Some think that the Patriots were hoping to add the assets needed to make a move for quarterback Baker Mayfield, who didn’t emerge as a serious candidate for the No. 1 overall pick until the week of the draft. It likely would have taken much more than the Patriots would have or could have surrendered to get all the way to top of the draft order.
CHARLOTTE Jason Spriggs Jersey , N.C. (AP) — The Panthers placed Matt Kalil on injured reserve Sunday because of a knee injury, meaning the team’s starting left tackle will miss at least eight games.
Kalil hasn’t played since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 21. Taylor Moton is expected to start at left tackle on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Panthers gave Kalil a five-year, $55.5 million contract in 2017 hoping he’d be able to protect Cam Newton’s blindside Kevin White Jersey , but he struggled with his pass blocking last season.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney says the team wanted to give Kalil time to “fully rehab the knee” in hopes of bringing him back after eight games.
Carolina has re-signed cornerback Lorenzo Doss, who cut Saturday.
Right tackle Daryl Williams and guard Amini Silatolu returned to practice Sunday.