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Report: Patriots target Jared Cook won't reconsider signing with Saints

Report: Patriots target Jared Cook won't reconsider signing with Saints

Rob Gronkowski's retirement has opened up a big void at tight end for the New England Patriots. Late in the free-agent process, there aren't a lot of options available on the market, but Jared Cook is (technically) one of them.

As of yesterday, Cook hadn't yet signed his deal with the New Orleans Saints, and that left a shred of hope that he might consider signing with the Patriots after the news of Gronk's retirement. After all, the Patriots had a lot of interest in Cook.

However, Cook doesn't seem like a realistic option at this point. According to ProFootballTalk's Peter King, Cook isn't going to reconsider his decision to sign with the Saints. 

This is disappointing for the Patriots, as there aren't many good tight ends left on the free agent market. And after losing Gronk and cutting Dwayne Allen this offseason, the team was only able to sign Matt LaCosse as a potential replacement. So now, the cupboard is pretty bare at tight end.

In all likelihood, the Patriots will attempt to address this position via the 2019 NFL Draft. They have done a lot of work on the top tight end prospects leading up to the event, so they could target a player or two as a replacement for Gronkowski. But as of right now, it looks like they will have to go the rookie route, as Cook doesn't look likely to have a change of heart.

Of course, there is always an outside shot that Gronkowski returns to the team. His agent wouldn't rule out that possibility. Still, the team can't rely on that and needs to add more depth at the position regardless.

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Michael Holley Podcast: Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band - Why he loves music, and how Super Bowl LI was as a Falcons fan

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Michael Holley Podcast: Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band - Why he loves music, and how Super Bowl LI was as a Falcons fan

Michael talks to Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band about music, his Boston connection and what it was like as Falcons fan to watch the Patriots Super Bowl LI comeback

3:00 - Clay explains why he chose to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and how he and good friend John Mayer began their music careers together.
 

4:30 - Clay talks about which instruments he can play, tells the story about how he fell in love with the guitar and how he decided to turn his musical talents into a career.
 

9:00 - Clay discusses his relationship with John Mayer.

13:00 - Clay talks about being an Atlanta Falcons fan, his experience being at the Patriots’ comeback win in Super Bowl LI and how he respects Boston sports fans.

20:00 - Clay discusses being an Atlanta Hawks ball boy for a small period of time in the late 80s and early 90s and watching some all-time greats like Dominique Wilkins and Doc Rivers. 

23:30 - Clay talks about his approach to singing the national anthem and his past experiences doing so.

28:00 - Clay talks about touring with Zac Brown Band and how the band still isn’t as popular as most people think.

32:00 - Clay finishes up by giving one thing he loves about his industry and one thing he would change.

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Julian Edelman puts percentage on chance Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots

Julian Edelman puts percentage on chance Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski says he's done with football, but his pal Julian Edelman isn't 100-percent convinced.

Edelman discussed Gronk's retirement on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast and was asked to give a percentage on the former tight end returning to the Patriots somewhere down the line.

"I’d say, maybe, an 11 percent chance,” Edelman answered.

Sure, that may be a cop-out response considering 11 happens to be Edelman's jersey number, but Patriots fans can at least find solace in the fact he didn't say "zero."

Edelman also says while he hasn't had a conversation with Gronkowski about the injuries taking a toll on the 30-year-old throughout his career, he could tell Gronk was banged up last season.

”When you’re banged up, football’s not always fun," Edelman said. "I can speak for myself on that. When you’re dealing with things — ankle, foot, back … Football is amazing when you feel great. … But it’s not easy, especially when you get older and have accumulated a lot of injury. So, you started seeing that it was tougher [for Gronkowski]. It gets tougher for everyone."

Gronkowski seems adamant he's staying retired, but he's certainly gotten a kick out of trolling those who believe he'll eventually return to the gridiron.

Time will tell whether the future Hall-of-Famer will change his mind. Until then, you can bet Gronk will continue living every moment of retired life to the fullest.

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