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Rob Gronkowski press conference: Ex-Patriot partners with CBD company

Rob Gronkowski press conference: Ex-Patriot partners with CBD company

Rob Gronkowski's "next chapter" has been revealed -- and it actually has something to do with sports.

At a press conference Tuesday in New York, the retired New England Patriots tight end announced a partnership with CBDMedic, a subsidiary of Abacus Health Solutions that produces a line of Cannabidiol-based pain relief medications.

"I decided to walk away from the game for one main reason: I had to recover," Gronkowski said during his press conference. "That's why you haven't seen me in five months. I've been rebuilding myself and finding a new way."

CBD is a banned substance in the NFL, but Gronkowski insisted the substance has helped him recover from the pain he suffered through during his nine-year NFL career. Gronkowski also wants to be an advocate for getting CBD approved in major professional sports so other athletes can benefit from the substance.

"I'm here today to appeal to the sports governing bodies of the world to update their position on CBD, whether that's the NBA, MLB or NFL," Gronkowski said. "It's just time."

Gronkowski made his partnership with CBDMedic official on social media shortly after the press conference.

The 30-year-old also left the door open for an NFL comeback during an emotional Q&A session, but his current focus will be on this business venture with CBDMedic.

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NFL Rumors: If traded, Emmanuel Sanders wants to go to a winning team

NFL Rumors: If traded, Emmanuel Sanders wants to go to a winning team

If he's indeed traded before the October 29 trade deadline, Emmanuel Sanders would like to go to a winning team, according to Vic Lombardi. 

Luckily for Sanders, the Patriots are undefeated and could use a true outside receiving threat to best construct an offense that can appropriately compliment New England's league-best defense. 

We'll find out just how interested the Patriots are in acquiring Sanders via trade, but as of now, they're the betting favorites to land the wide receiver, just ahead of the 49ers, Eagles and Saints.

The Broncos' reported asking price is at least a third-round pick according to Adam Schefter, so it'd be interesting to see if that price goes down if Sanders starts to sit out up until the deadline. The Broncos are currently 2-5 following an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs Thursday night, Joe Flacco doesn't seem to have much left in the tank and Sanders, 32, isn't getting any younger. 

It appears more and more likely that the Broncos will look to find a new home for Sanders by next week, it'll just depend on whether they're willing to send him to a conference foe for less than what they originally wanted. John Elway could do what the Steelers did with Antonio Brown and trade Sanders to any other team, even if the return isn't as good. 

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Sam Darnold says he's 'seeing ghosts' after second interception of first half vs Patriots

Sam Darnold says he's 'seeing ghosts' after second interception of first half vs Patriots

Sam Darnold had a notably bad first half against the Patriots defense Monday night in New York. He started the game off with a bad interception after Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins generated immediate pressure, and then thew up another horrid pick in the red zone during the second quarter. 

The Patriots applied pressure on the play, but they weren't close to getting home before Darnold panicked and threw the ball directly to Duron Harmon. Perhaps John Simon's strip-sack was still in his mind. After the play, Darnold was captured saying he was 'seeing ghosts' out on the field. 

The way the Patriots have played all season and how they continued to wreak havoc during the first half Monday night, it's not that surprising for a second-year quarterback to experience some issues moving the ball. 

The Jets were flying high coming into their Week 7 matchup after defeating the Cowboys in Darnold's first game back from an illness. They probably wish their matchup with the Patriots could have waited a week or two. This defense is quite ridiculous. 

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