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New England Patriots links 2/20/18 - The Pats-Gronk clash: Will he stay or will he go?

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  • Ryan Hannable senses the Patriots need Rob Gronkowski to give them an indication one way or the other on his 2018 status very soon, as their entire offseason depends on what he decides to do.
  • Tom E. Curran calls the Gronk dilemma a sticky one for the Patriots: “Once an NFL player starts considering retirement, he’s already gone.”
  • Ryan Hannable says that according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Rob Gronkowski’s retirement talk started before he suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship game.
  • Antonio Planas notes that with Rob Gronkowski mulling his future in the NFL, the WWE is reportedly looking to sign him to a contract.
  • Nicole Yang addresses four questions about Rob Gronkowski’s future in the NFL.
  • Kevin Duffy considers how the Patriots will replace Rob Gronkowski if he retires, and throws out a few options.
  • Kevin Dillon examines whether Rob Gronkowski deserves to be in the Hall of Fame if he retired today.
  • Adam Kurkjian doesn’t see the Patriots projecting to designate any players with the franchise tag this year.
  • Kevin Duffy wonders if Baker Mayfield could be the next Patriots QB to learn under Tom Brady.
  • Phil Perry continues his offseason position breakdown: Edge defender.
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails two quarterbacks the Patriots could select in the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Prayers for any quarterback the Pats draft.
  • Doug Kyed profiles Danny Amendola and wonders if he would take another below-market deal to stay with the Patriots.
  • NBC Boston passes along a report that James Harrison could return to the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox profiles free agent Malcolm Butler to see what’s next for the benched Super Bowl hero.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots internal free agents and philosophy re-group.
  • Nick O’Malley offers a breakdown of all 32 franchise’s salary space situations, starting with the one team which is currently in the negatives.
  • Adam Kurkjian takes an offseason peek around the rest of the AFC at the five rivals lining up to knock the Pats from their perch to reach Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
  • Mike Reiss calls attention to Tom Brady becoming the last player from the 2000 draft class who is still with his original team.
  • Mike Reiss notes that today is the 58th-year anniversary of the Patriots being called the Patriots, as the team name was the most popular choice for New England fans.
  • Michael Hurley takes the air out of Stephen A. Smith’s more lazy than hot take on why all free agents now need to “think twice” before signing with ‘cruel’ Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry and Mike Giardi Patriots Mailbag: Ndamukong Suh to the Patriots??
  • Marcus Kwesi O’Mard finds Robert Kraft wowing celebrities with his Super Bowl ring at the NBA All-Star game.
  • Michael Hurley catches Eagles’ Lane Johnson doubling down on his earlier comments about the Patriots. /Can’t say I’ve ever heard so much opponent talk from a winning Super Bowl team.

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