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Greg Robinson will get another shot to continue his NFL career. The Cleveland Browns announced they’ve signed the offensive tackle on Tuesday. The team waived offensive lineman Rod Johnson in a corresponding move.

Robinson, the former No. 2 overall pick by the Rams in 2014, has struggled through 48 starts in his four-year career. By Kevin Patra, 

The Green Bay Packers have a capable stable of young running backs with Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones. Each player provides a unique skill set for the offense, and arguments could be made one of the running backs could carry a full workload.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy, however, has a vision on how to deploy his backfield. “The fact of the matter is we’re going to go running back by committee,” McCarthy told Rob Demovsky of ESPN’s NFL Nation. “But if one of them would emerge as that full-time guy then you have to have that ability to … adjust to that.

“As far as planning and going into the season, that’s why we’re going about it that way. We feel like we’ve got three guys that have all done it, but they haven’t done it over a long period of time, so I think it’s just practical thinking from that position and realizing that it’s a very demanding position.” By Herbie Teope, 

The franchise QB is in place—and yes, he’s that good. Plus more thoughts on the 2018 49ers, an evolving team that’s promising to Make San Francsico Great Again

The league’s most-admired offensive trend-setters are set up to face each other for years as NFC West counterparts. Both came up under Jon Gruden in Tampa, honed their styles and strategy with the Redskins, and went west last year to inject new life into storied franchises. McVay’s Rams and Shanahan’s 49ers will be compelling theater in 2018, and likely for a long time. By ANDY BENOIT

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says that retirement is coming “sooner rather than later” in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday.

Brady, who turns 41 in August, added that he has considered hanging up his cleats to spend more time with his family.

“I think about it more now than I used to. I think I’m seeing that there’s definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later,” Brady said. “As long as I’m still loving it. As long as I’m loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment. By SCOOBY AXSON

Recently, we learned the Patriots were discussing deals involving Gronk as recently as three days before the draft. Meanwhile, Mike Florio of PFT hears from a league source that the Patriots had conversations with more clubs than the four listed by Breer. However, a deal was never close enough for the Pats to talk to the tight end about the possibility. When Gronk put the retirement rumors to rest in April, it seems that the trade discussions were also 86’d.

Breer hears that the Patriots only discussed a potential Gronkowski trade with teams they “trust.” The tentacles of the Patriots extend to all four teams: Lions GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia used to work for the Pats, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien previously served as the Pats’ offensive coordiniator, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel played for the Pats and GM Jon Robinson spent more than ten years in New England, and Bill Belichick has a solid relationship with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

This year’s biggest free agents have already come off of the board, but there are still plenty of notable veterans available, including Antonio GatesDeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Tre Boston, and Johnathan Hankins. When these players eventually sign, they’re likely to have contract incentives built into their deals. With that in mind, we wanted to give a refresher on contract incentives and their various forms. By Zach Links

 

 

 

 

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