Former Ravens and Jets linebacker Bart Scott has said some memorable things about the Patriots over the years. Here’s a new one: The Pats won’t keep Rob Gronkowski for the long haul.
Appearing on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show, Scott said that the 27-year-old future Hall of Famer won’t last in New England because of his increasing injury concerns.
“Gronk’s on his way out (of New England),” Scott said. “Because of injuries, and they don’t stick with you when they see you slipping. Now, what happens when you have a big man that starts having back problems -- he’s only in his seventh year, and he has two years remaining. And guess what? They already brought in his replacement and they can get [Martellus Bennett] for cheaper.”
Host Damon Amendolara correctly pointed out that Bennett, 29, is older than Gronkowski.
“Don’t matter,” Scott replied. “Less wear and tear on the body.”
Gronkowski has played in eight of the Patriots’ 11 games this season. He has 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Should he keep up his current pace, this will mark just the second season of Gronkowski’s seven-year career in which he didn’t have at least 10 touchdowns. The lone other season which he didn’t hit double digits was in 2013, when he was limited to just seven games.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.