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.”
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A portion of Texans owner Bob McNair's statement: "I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week. I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners..." Read more here from Mike Florio of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.
There's been puzzlement as to why the market for Dont'a Hightower never seemed to develop in free agency, and Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio may have an explanation.
Florio reports the Jets, one of Hightower's few suitors in the open market, became concerned about medical issues they discovered after giving Hightower a physical. New York's "zeal diminished" for Hightower, according to Florio, who cites a source that says New York "didn’t drop out [of the bidding] but [was] concerned."
The Patriots, conversely, "knew about any potential medical issues and were comfortable proceeding."
Florio reports the Jets' initial offer was for five years and $62 million, but after the physical "it became clear that the total dollars and (more importantly) the guarantees wouldn’t ultimately get to the point where Hightower would accept."
Florio did not specify when the injury issues were. Hightower was listed on various Patriots' injury reports with both shoulder and knee problems in 2016 and was 'questionable' for Super Bowl LI because of the shoulder.