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Belichick keeps lips sealed on possible Gronk retirement

Belichick keeps lips sealed on possible Gronk retirement

ORLANDO – An early evening conversation with Bill Belichick brings us no closer to knowing the plans of tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots head coach met with a small gathering of New England media here at the Ritz-Carlton. Standing under an ornate overhang near a towering fountain, a relaxed Belichick went briefly through some offseason checkpoints.

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Asked if he had gotten any indication from Gronkowski on whether he’d be back for 2018, Belichick answered, “I’m not going to speak for anybody else. Conversations I’ve had with the players –  and I’ve had a lot of them – I’m gonna keep those private between myself and the player. I’ll respect that coach-to-player conversation. I don’t want to speak for anybody else.”

I followed by asking whether the team needed to make any contingent plans in case they were caught short at tight end.

Belichick wasn’t having it. “Trying to get the slider coming in over the outside corner? Yeah. I think I just covered that.”

Gronk said immediately after the Super Bowl he was going to ponder his future. Health concerns were the initial issue cited. Since then, I’ve reported on Gronk’s disillusionment during last training camp and his irritation with the way he felt he was treated and singled out in some instances. Gronkowski also has two years left on a contract that – while lucrative when it was signed – is now horrifically outdated.

Gronk’s been keeping busy so far this offseason with enigmatic tweets and public displays of weekend foolishness.

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Antonio Brown arrested on three charges, reportedly spent night in Florida jail

Antonio Brown arrested on three charges, reportedly spent night in Florida jail

Antonio Brown faces yet another legal battle.

The former New England Patriots wide receiver turned himself in to Broward County (Fla.) Jail at around 10 p.m. ET on Thursday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reported. TMZ Sports first reported the news.

According to Broward County Jail arrest records, Brown faces three charges -- burglary with assault or battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief -- with a total bond of $10,000.

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Brown had a bond hearing set for 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning at Broward County Courthouse, his lawyer told Wolfe, indicating that the 31-year-old spent the night in jail. 

The charges stem from a Tuesday incident outside Brown's Hollywood, Fla., home in which he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly assaulted a moving truck driver.

Brown allegedly threw a rock at the moving truck and later physically struck the driver inside of the truck over a payment dispute, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

Police arrested Holt at the time, but Brown allegedly locked himself in his home and wouldn't cooperate with police until finally turning himself in Thursday night.

The NFL is still investigating Brown over an allegation of sexual assault made by his former trainer and a separate allegation of sexual misconduct.

The veteran wide receiver, who played one game for the Patriots in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, has expressed a desire to return to the NFL, but it appears he has bigger problems on his hands.

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore reflects on Defensive Player of the Year candidacy

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore reflects on Defensive Player of the Year candidacy

Stephon Gilmore has a strong chance to accomplish something only five cornerbacks have done before in NFL history: win a Defensive Player of the Year award.

The New England Patriots' lockdown CB is considered a favorite to become the first player at his position to take home the award since Charles Woodson did so in 2009. Gilmore would become the first Patriots player ever to win the award.

In Orlando, Fla. for the Pro Bowl, Gilmore took some time to reflect on his candidacy.

“It’s pretty cool. That’s a big award,” Gilmore told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. “The award speaks for itself, a lot of hard work, a lot of good teammates that put me in that position, a lot of preparation from myself. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates to even be in this position. I feel like I had a good year. Hopefully, I’ll win it.”

Gilmore tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with six and also topped the league in pass breakups (20). The 29-year-old was named Defensive Player of the Year by his NFL peers and also by the Pro Football Writers of America.

“Toward the end [of the season], people started saying it,” Gilmore said. “I didn’t really think about it because it’d be a big award to win. I think it’d be the first Patriot to win Defensive Player of the Year. I mean, that’s insane. Hopefully, I’ll win it.”

NFL Honors will be announced Feb. 1 on FOX starting at 8 p.m.

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