FOXBORO — When James Harrison cleared waivers and became a free agent allowed to sign with any team, he had a decision to make: sign with the Patriots or don’t play football.
The former Steeler divulged as much Friday when speaking to the media, saying that he didn’t exactly face much of a choice upon clearing waivers. The Patriots were the only team that would have him.
“There was no other offers,” Harrison said.
That was the extent of Harrison’s answers, as the 39-year-old linebacker was extremely brief with his responses to queries from the assembled media.
While Harrison didn’t have much to say in person, he made his message clear Friday on Instagram when he fired back at the Steelers for their recent criticisms of him. For those comments, click here.
Rob Gronkowski has jumped up eight spots in the NFL Network's Top 100 rankings - going from 23rd in 2017 to 15th this year.
Gronkowski was limited to eight games and 25 catches because of back surgery in 2016. The five-time Pro Bowl selection played in 14 games last season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season and 16 catches, three for TDs, in three postseason games.
Players ranked 11th through 20th were revealed Monday night.
Gronk is the first Patriot and highest-ranked tight end in the 2018 Top 100, which is voted on by players. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce checked in at No. 24.
They'll probably be a Patriot quarterback somewhere in the top 10 when it's revealed next week. There was one ranked No. 1 last year.
While Brandin Cooks' tenure with the Patriots was a short one, he's still "forever grateful" for his opportunity to play in New England.
The wide receiver thanked the Patriots while showing off his AFC championship ring in an Instagram post.
Cooks was huge in the AFC Championship Game, racking up six receptions for 100 yards in the Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars.
The Pats traded Cooks to the Rams in April in a package that sent a first-round draft pick to New England, which turned into offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.