Around the League: NFL News & Notes 3.25.19
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Rob Gronkowski's Agent Comments on Possible Return
Speaking with ESPN's Get Up crew, NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus said he "wouldn't be shocked" if Rob Gronkowski returned to the New England Patriots. Gronk announced his retirement from the NFL yesterday on social media. Gronkowski reportedly told Rosenhaus "football is really a thing in the past" but it seems like the door might be open for Gronk to return under the right circumstances.
Drew Rosenhaus on @GetUpESPN on Rob Gronkowski’s future: “If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2019
Oakland Raiders Holding Private Workouts for Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins
MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Raiders will hold private workouts for both QBs. Raiders GM Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden have called Derek Carr a franchise QB this offseason but it seems the team is doing their due diligence on QB prospects. The Raiders could theoretically land Haskins with the No. 4 overall pick unless someone trades up, but it's widely believed Murray will go No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
(@theMMQB cont) .... I'm told the @Raiders are doing back-to-back private workouts with Murray and Haskins next week. Why? ... Assessing the Kap settlement (again) ... this year's surprise first-rounder ... I'm suddenly big on Justin Houston. https://t.co/hB2zko8v4s pic.twitter.com/UmAxaT7NO8— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 25, 2019
NFL Teams Want More Information on Ezekiel Ansah's Shoulder
Ezekiel Ansah's agent informed Ian Rapoport that teams are looking for additional info on Ansah's surgically-repaired shoulder. Ansah is set to have a four-month appointment next month, so it's possible the former Detroit Lions star signs shortly after that. Ansah has struggled with injuries but will be turning 30 in May and had double-digit sacks in 2017.
Why hasn’t pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah signed yet? His agent said teams wanted more info about his surgically repaired shoulder. The plan is to wait until his 4-month appointment in mid-April to help determine his readiness. After the initial FA push, there’s no rush to sign now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2019
Travis Frederick Expected to Return to Dallas Cowboys
Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports Travis Frederick is expected to be ready for offseason workouts. Frederick missed all of last season with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year. Frederick was one of, if not the top center in the league prior to missing last season. His return would be a big boost to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
Some nuggets on Cowboys: Travis Frederick should be good for offseason workouts, Jason Witten knows he’s not playing 60 snaps a game and there’s a need to upgrade backup RB position.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 25, 2019
Chicago Bears to Host Rival Green Bay Packers to Kickoff NFL's 100th Season
The NFL announced earlier today that the 2019 NFL Season will begin at Soldier Field as the Chicago Bears face off against their division rival Green Bay Packers. Typically, the first game of the NFL season features the Super Bowl champions but the NFL wanted to do something different since it's their 100th season. The Bears-Packers rivalry is as old as time and makes for the perfect way to kick off the NFL season.