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Rob Gronkowski's agent provides timetable for Patriots star's NFL future

Rob Gronkowski's agent provides timetable for Patriots star's NFL future

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's future in the NFL is uncertain, but his agent Drew Rosenhaus gave an idea Tuesday of when his client could make a decision on whether to retire or play another season.

Here's what Rosenhaus said on ESPN's "NFL Live."

The next couple of weeks would give the Patriots time before the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins April 25 in Nashville, to decide on their top offseason priorities. If Gronkowski decides to retire -- and reports throughout the season suggested he'd consider it -- then the Patriots could look to draft a tight end in the first round.

Even if Gronk comes back, finding a tight end of the future likely would remain high up on New England's offseason to-do list.

Gronkowski tallied 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns in the 2018 regular season. He also missed three games to injury and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2011. There's no question the 29-year-old tight end still is a top-tier player at his position, though, and that was evident in the playoffs when he excelled as a blocker and pass-catcher.

In fact, his catch on the Patriots' go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams was arguably the team's most important play of the season.

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Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

The New England Patriots will play their final road game of the regular season in Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The defending Super Bowl champions are desperate for a win after two consecutive losses. The Patriots have not lost three or more games in a row since 2002, and another defeat Sunday could drop them from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, which would put them in significant danger of not earning a first-round playoff bye.

On paper, this game is a complete mismatch. The Patriots defense is one of the NFL's best and should limit a bad Bengals offense that's largely responsible for their league-worst 1-12 record. The Patriots offense has been pretty bad of late, too, and if Tom Brady and Co. don't jump out to a quick lead, this game could get surprisingly competitive.

And, of course, there's the story of the Patriots being investigated by the NFL for videotaping the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game in Cleveland. This investigation is still ongoing, as of this writing.

Will the Patriots earn a much-needed victory, or will the Bengals shock the world and hand New England a potentally devastating loss in the AFC playoff race?

Here’s how and when to watch Patriots vs. Bengals online. Be sure to also watch “Pregame Live” at 11 a.m. ET and “Postgame Live” at 4 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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