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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Pats prep for Eagles, Smart cuts hand, Marchand suspended

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Pats prep for Eagles, Smart cuts hand, Marchand suspended

0:41 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi discuss Rob Gronkowski’s concussion and how the Patriots odds of winning change if Gronk isn’t cleared.

4:28 - Chris Mannix joins BST to talk Marcus Smart suffering a laceration on his hands from glass at the team hotel, Gordon Hayward sinking shots pregame, and Jayson Tatum hitting the rookie wall.

8:06 - Joe Haggerty breaks down the Brad Marchand 5-game suspension for elbowing Marcus Johansson in the head during Tuesday night’s game. 

12:11 - Gary Tanguay sits down with Greg Harden, the University of Michigan Executive Associate Athletic Director, who help coach up Brady during his college days. 

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Report: Bortles receives 3 year, $54m contract extension

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Report: Bortles receives 3 year, $54m contract extension

The Jaguars had plenty of talent last season, especially on defense.

But question marks remained due to some of their offensive players.

Could Blake Bortles play well enough to support the strong play of the Jacksonville defense?

He delivered this past season and helped bring the team to the AFC Championship. 

Now he will be in Jacksonville for several years to come.

According to a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Bortles and the Jags have agreed to a new 3-year contract worth $54m. 

Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the extension, adding that Bortles can earn up to $66.5m with incentives. The contract includes $26.5m guaranteed. 

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Anyone care to interpret this Rob Gronkowski tweet?

Anyone care to interpret this Rob Gronkowski tweet?

As he contemplates retirement to either become a wrestler or an action movie hero, Rob Gronkowski appears to be contemplating more than that.

OK, that's great. So, are you coming back to catch to touchdown passes from Tom Brady or not? 

Not quite as easy to translate as Gronk's famous "pay cut" tweet from spring 2016, is it?

The tweet doesn't shed much light on it and whether the retirement talk is for real or a "contract ploy", the Gronk question looms over the Patriots' offseason as much as the Malcolm Butler mystery. It's actually more impactful since Butler's days in Foxboro are over. Are Gronk's?

As NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran put it this week: 

They can’t just sit with their hands folded in their laps and wait until Gronk gets around to deciding. They need to know is he in or is he out? Or if he’s completely ambivalent, at which point, would trading him be a horrific idea?

"...your destiny will be not just be reached, it will just be starting." Hmmm. 

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