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Deflategate starter Ryan Grigson is back in the NFL

05.24.17 at 7:06 pm ET
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The Browns have hired Ryan Grigson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

The Browns have hired Ryan Grigson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

After being fired by the Colts, Ryan Grigson has found another job in the NFL, as the Browns have hired Grigson as a senior personnel executive for the team.

“Ryan brings valuable experience to our personnel group,” said executive vice president of football Operations Sashi Brown in a statement. “He was raised as a road-scout and has been evaluating talent in this league for almost 20 years. We place a premium on that experience and on his passion for football. Ryan has much to offer to any personnel department and we are pleased that he chose to join our staff.”

Grigson was fired as the Colts’ general manager in late January.

In New England, Grigson is most known as the man who started Deflategate by alerting the NFL of suspicisons the Patriots were using underinflated footballs before the 2014 AFC championship game.

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With Andrew Hawkins announcing signing with Patriots, team releases another WR

05.24.17 at 5:17 pm ET
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Andrew Hawkins announced he's signing with the Patriots. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

Andrew Hawkins announced he’s signing with the Patriots. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

Although it’s not official, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins announced via social media he will be signing with the Patriots.

The roster was already full, so in order to add Hawkins they would need to release a player and it appears that came on Wednesday as the team released wide receiver Devin Street.

The Patriots claimed Street off waivers on May 2. Street appeared in five games for the Colts last season and caught one pass for 20 yards.

Hawkins, who plays the slot, faces an uphill battle for a roster spot, but does provide the team good depth in the event of an injury during training camp.

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WATCH: Rob Gronkowski stars in erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women

05.24.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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This year, the Summer of Gronk includes a sexy music video. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

This year, the Summer of Gronk includes a sexy music video. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski loves to party. So it only makes sense for him to star in an erotic music video with lots of scantily-clad women.

The dance music DJ 3LAU released a new video Wednesday for his single, “On My Mind.” In it, Gronkowski is featured alongside WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley, one of his real life good friends.

During the video, which features a steamy carwash scene involving Gronk and several ladies in bikinis, the Patriots tight end is cozying up to an attractive woman wearing a glittery black dress and choker necklace at a club. But Rawley, one of the establishment’s servers, seems to take exception to this budding romance. He gets his apparent revenge when he pours soy sauce all over a shirtless Gronk, who’s strapped to a table while women eat sushi off of his stomach.

The music video ends after a seductive pillow fight, with Gronkowski getting woken up on the club’s floor.

“3LAU played ‘On My Mind’ for me a couple days before the Super Bowl in Houston and asked if I wanted to be in the music video,” Gronk said in the press release. “It ended up being a lot of fun to shoot and what makes it even better is that the money from the song is being donated. It’s great when you can give back while still trying something new and having an unbelievable time.”

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WR Andrew Hawkins announces he’s signing with Patriots

05.24.17 at 1:04 pm ET
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The Patriots have another receiver in town.

Former Browns and Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins announced on Uninterrupted, he’s signing a deal with the Patriots. Hawkins said it wasn’t about the money and he wanted to join a contender. He also mentioned what a thrill it will be to work with Tom Brady.

Hawkins worked out with the Patriots last week and does most of his work in the slot.

The now 31-year-old had his best season in 2014 with the Browns when he had 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he hauled in 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the only season he played in all 16 games.

The Patriots don’t appear to have room on the roster for him, but Hawkins could be a player to bring in for training camp and have around in case any of the top receivers were to get injured.

New England’s roster is at 90 players, so it will need to release a player to make room for Hawkins.

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It appears Rob Gronkowski is participating in OTAs this week

05.24.17 at 12:23 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski has been spotted on the field this week. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski has been spotted on the field this week. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

The media isn’t given access to Patriots OTAs until Thursday, but the Patriots held sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

One of the biggest questions was whether or not Rob Gronkowski, who is recovering from back surgery, would participate.

Based off photos surfaced on Patriots.com, the tight end is a full-go.

Following Tuesday’s workout, the team website had a photo of Gronkowski making a one-handed catch, and also feeling good after making a reception. These would indicate he’s on the field with the rest of his teammates six months after back surgery.

OTAs are non-contact, but still is a great sign that he is on the field.

Also on Tuesday, the Patriots and Gronkowski re-worked his contract, which could make him the highest paid tight end in 2017.

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Why did undrafted rookie free agent WR Austin Carr, who has been compared to Julian Edelman, choose Patriots?

05.24.17 at 10:29 am ET
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WR Austin Carr signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

WR Austin Carr signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

When Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr when undrafted in last month’s draft, he could have signed with any team.

Five teams apparently showed interest, but in the end he chose the Patriots.

Carr primarily plays out of the slot, which is why he’s already received comparisons to Julian Edelman, with some even saying he potentially could be his replacement since Edelman is a free agent after this season.

Last season Carr had 90 receptions for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns, and was named the Big 10’s receiver of the year.

So with five teams interested, why did Carr choose New England?

“Feeling like I could learn from the veterans here, feeling like I could learn from some amazing wide receivers, and then also knowing that it’s a franchise that wins,” Carr said to reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. “I don’t want to just go to the NFL, I want to go and I want to contribute to a team winning, and I felt like I could especially do that here.”

Carr joins a crowded receiving group with Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and newcomer Brandin Cooks.

He said he’s doing everything he can to learn from those players as the team kicked off OTAs this week.

“My focus is being humble and learning from those guys,” Carr said. “It’s not cynical, it’s not a mean room. Obviously they’re veterans and guys come in and out, it’s a revolving door for some people, and my goal is to grasp the opportunity, be humble, learn from them, stay out of their way at some points, but really the best I can do is be a sponge.”

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How Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with Patriots is perfect for both sides

05.24.17 at 10:04 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski restructured his 2017 contract. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski restructured his 2017 contract. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski’s deal for 2017 wasn’t a very good one for the 28-year-old, as the best tight end in football was only scheduled to make $5.25 million.

Yes, he deserves more money, but from a Patriots perspective there’s no guarantee he stays healthy. So, the Patriots and Gronkowski reworked his 2017 salary to have it be based off what he does on the field.

For a player like Gronkowski, who is so talented but also has a great deal of injury concerns, it’s the perfect way to satisfy both sides.

It’s a unique structure, but Gronkowski is a unique player.

According to Adam Schefter, there are three potential tiers for his 2017 salary. Tier 1 gives him $10.75 million and he would need to play 90 percent of the snaps, have 80 catches, 1,200 yards or be an All-Pro. Tier 2 gives him $8.75 million and he would need to play 80 percent of the snaps, have 70 catches, 1,000 yards or 12 touchdowns. Tier 3 gives him $6.75 million and he would need to play 70 percent of the snaps, have 60 catches, 800 yards or 10 touchdowns.

If Gronkowski can stay healthy and play say 14 or 15 games, he’s almost a sure lock for the $10.75 million because when on the field he’s the best tight end in football.

The tight end is a four-time All-Pro (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). In those seasons he played in 16, 11, 15 and 15 games respectively. Bottom line, if he plays say 13 or more games, he’s going to be the highest paid tight end in the league because he will reach at least one of the criteria for the top tier.

(As of now, Seattle’s Jimmy Graham is the highest paid tight end in the league next year at $10 million.)

Why is this deal good for the Patriots? Because of Gronkowski is on the field, it likely means the Patriots are winning games.

While it is a unique deal, and likely wouldn’t happen for any other player, it is the definition of a fair deal that both sides can be happy with.

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