Glenn Gronkowski was the only member of the Patriots practice squad not to sign a futures contract with the team after the Super Bowl, but that changed Tuesday.

The Patriots announced they have signed Gronkowski to a future contract.

The youngest Gronkowski brother had four different stints on the New England practice squad this past season. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Bills and made the Buffalo 53-man roster and played in the season opener at Baltimore. He was released on Sept. 12, 2016, and initially joined the Patriots to the practice squad on Oct. 1.

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Ryan Hannable

After the Seahawks were eliminated from the postseason this January, it was revealed cornerback Richard Sherman played through a MCL injury for much of the season.

The Seahawks reportedly received a warning for violating the injury-reporting policy. (Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports)

The Seahawks reportedly received a warning for violating the injury-reporting policy. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

After the Seahawks were eliminated from the postseason this January, it was revealed cornerback Richard Sherman played through a MCL injury for much of the season.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll flat out admitted it.

“I’m feeling like I screwed that up with not telling you that,” Carroll said. “He was OK, so I don’t know. He never missed anything, I guess, is probably why.”

Sherman practiced in full the days he practiced, but there were sessions he missed where he was listed as missing the practices for “non-injury reasons,” sometimes used for when veterans get days off.

Once the news came out, it was reported the Seahawks could lose a second-round pick, but according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo the NFL has made its decision and decided on just a warning for the Seahawks, saying they misinterpreted the rules and had not intentionally violated them.

An interesting decision.

Perhaps, if this were the first time the Seahawks had violated the rules, they could be given a pass, but they have been far from perfect.

Seattle has had a number of practice violations in recent years. Last September, they were fined $400,000 and lost a fifth-round pick for holding a practice with contact during OTAs. It was their third practice violation under Carroll, who was also fined $200,000 for the illegal activity.

It’s just odd that a team with so many violations over the last few seasons gets off with just a warning, especially after there was the report they could lose a second-round pick.

Second-round pick to just a warning? Seems like all the more reason to question what is happening at 345 Park Ave.

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Ryan Hannable

There are not many holidays that can go by without Tom Brady posting about them social media.

Valentine’s Day was no different as the quarterback posted a picture of his wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian with the caption: My littlest valentine and my Numero Uno…happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is the post.

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Ryan Hannable

Danny Amendola Gets FIERCE at NYC Fashion Show (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEO) https://t.co/uQ0RfSTxic

— TMZ (@TMZ) February 14, 2017

 

Tom Brady has certainly bought into Bill Belichick’s “No days off” mantra.

Tom Brady discussed how much work he puts in during the offseason in an interview Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady discussed how much work he puts in during the offseason in an interview Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has certainly bought into Bill Belichick’s “No days off” mantra.

The quarterback joined Mike Florio on PFT Live Tuesday morning and gave the indication he won’t be taking much time off this offseason because as a 39-year-old he needs to work extremely hard to keep his body in shape to able to withstand an entire NFL season.

“At this point in my career the best thing to do is just to do it year-round,” Brady said. “I don’t think the ebbs and flows, get in great shape and then get out of shape and then see if you can get back into shape is a good thing. So I prefer to keep my arm always ready to go.”

Added Brady: “I really love training and being in good shape and it’s so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me. It’s a real strength for me that I’ve never minded the training process. It’s something I enjoy I really like being in the gym or, certainly, on the field.”

Brady’s training is much different than many other NFL players as he focuses on flexibility and does a lot of work with resistance bands. He hopes his success with his method will become something other players use in the future.

“Hopefully I can be a real ambassador for change in this area,” he said. “I’ve felt like outside of playing football the one thing I love to do is to prepare for it. Probably the way that I do it has been different than the way it has always been done. I think I have been getting results that no one has ever got. I think that has been something that has been really motivating for me because as a 39-year-old player this year every week I want to be out there on the field with my teammates playing at a high level. Durability is such an important aspect of our sport and it’s a game of contact. It is a collision sport. You have to do everything that you can to try and help your body to sustain those impacts.”

Ever since Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, many have put him down as the greatest of all-time, but the quarterback himself isn’t thinking about his legacy.

“None of those things have ever mattered to me and it’s just — it’s hard for those things to even take up any space in my mind because they’ve never been of significance to me,” Brady said. “There have been so many great players that I’ve played with, that I’ve played against over the years.”

“Everyone is different, everyone has different teams they’ve played on, coaches they’ve played for,” he added. “I’ve been so blessed to play for the greatest coach at a time when our organization has done incredible things. I’ve played with the best teammates. Playing for Mr. Kraft and what his influence on the team has been. So I think there are so many players that if they were in my position and had all the opportunity I did, they would, I believe, accomplish so many of the same things.”

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Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady understands why players might skip the White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady understands why players might skip the White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

On Monday, Robert Kraft spoke on Patriots players potentially not wanting to go to the White House for a Super Bowl ceremony with President Donald Trump, and on Tuesday so did Tom Brady.

Brady joined Mike Florio on PFT Live and was asked what his message would be to players who don’t want to go.

The quarterback said each player can make their own choice and he understands it is the offseason and some players may want to do other things.

“Well, everybody has a choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years like I remember a couple years ago — I wanted to go and then didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule. We didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going. At that point I had something that I had planned for months and couldn’t get there. I was able to go, we were part of the ’97 National Championship team in college and went. I really is a great experience.

“Putting politics aside, it never really was a political thing. At least it never was for me. It’s just always something that was a privilege to be able to do because it really meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team and with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice and everyone, it’s their offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends. If people don’t want to go, they don’t want to go and that is their choice.”

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Jimmy Garoppolo will likely be traded this offseason. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)As much as Jimmy Garoppolo looks like a potential franchise quarterback, the Patriots really don't have much use for him anymore.