Atlanta made the playoffs this season, but failed to make another deep run. Despite taking a step back offensively, owner Arthur Blank is optimistic his teammake it back to the Super Bowl soon, and this time finish the deal.
Gronkowski said Sunday night his recent brain trauma wasn’t factoring into his thinking. That could change when Gronkowski looks at the bigger picture.
Gronkowski, too, might be influenced by how the Patriots plan to approach his contract situation this offseason. A retirement threat could not only be used as leverage if New England is seeking another incentive-laden restructure, but also to angle for a raise from the $9 million and $10 million salaries Gronk is set to earn the next two seasons.
What we do know for sure: Gronk has options.
ccording to ESPN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave McDaniels a raise to remain as New England’s OC and wanted to burn the Colts for starting the Deflategate saga.
In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with Josh McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England, per sources. Bill Belichick has his OC back.
McDaniels, 41, has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Patriots since 2012, and held the same job in New England from 2006-08 before landing the head job with the Broncos for the 2009 season. He went just 11-17 before being fired midway through his second season in Denver.
The Colts officially cancelled McDaniels’ introductory press conference at 8:40 p.m. ET Tuesday and released a statement on the situation.
“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team,” the statement read. “Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.”