The Patriots will be in the market for a backup quarterback after dealing Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers.
Could a familiar face return to back up Tom Brady again?
That could be the case now that the 49ers have released quarterback Brian Hoyer, according to Adam Schefter.
Hoyer, 32, spent three seasons as the Patriots backup quarterback from 2009-2011. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the 49ers this past offseason and had an 0-6 record in six starts for San Francisco this season before being replaced by rookie C.J. Beathard.
There have been all kinds of theories of what ultimately kept Josh McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.
NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran offered his here and here. Ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest said he was told it wasn't because McDaniels was promised to eventually succeed Bill Belichick.
Now comes Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who told NBCSports Network's "PFT Live" that you can cross off the theory that McDaniels' reversal was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis.
“This had nothing to do with his family,” King said. “It was about the Patriots giving him a better option than Indianapolis.”
More here from NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has hinted about walking away from football at 28 and apparently World Wrestling Entertainment is listening.
According to Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer newsletter, WWE is willing to offer Gronk a "similar style deal" that it offered UFC star Ronda Rousey, who made her WWE debut late last month, is scheduled to be part of its "Elimination Chamber" event Feb. 25 and is being advertised as being part of their WrestleMania signature event April 8.
Gronk was part of Wrestlemania last year (see video below) and his friend, wrestler Mojo Rawley, hinted earlier this week that Gronkowski might be looking to give up football for the ring. Gronk has also reportedly been considering retiring to pursue a movie career.