After four years in New Orleans, Willie Snead looks like he will head north. The Saints are not planning to match the Ravens’ offer sheet, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (Twitter link), which will send the RFA wide receiver to Baltimore.
The Ravens only submitted this two-year offer sheet on Friday, but as of Saturday, it doesn’t look like the Saints are planning to retain Snead.
“If I don’t think this guy can win a championship, I’m not gonna have a conviction. You have to believe that. If you don’t believe that then don’t pick a quarterback high. Because if you’re wrong, it could set you back — this may sound like an exaggeration — it could set you back 8-10 years. Because you’re gonna play him, very rarely do they play well the first two or three years. You’re not gonna know, is he just adjusting or is he a bust? You’re gonna have to give him time.’’
Running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end Bradley Chubb and guard Quenton Nelson are widely viewed as can’t-miss prospects. These riches were not available to Accorsi in 2004. If he had not been able to secure Manning or Roethlisberger, the next player he coveted was receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who went No. 3 to the Cardinals.
“There weren’t a lot of options after that,’’ Accorsi said.
The Giants were fortunate the Raiders selected tackle Robert Gallery at No. 2, a player Accorsi was not going to take.
“They’re going to see a freak-a-leek when I come back,” Gronk joked. “That’s what.”
A reporter then followed up by asking if that means Gronk will play next season, and he only said “oh, maybe.”
Given all we have heard, it would be pretty shocking if Gronkowski doesn’t return. Still, there could be truth to the reports that the business-like atmosphere surrounding the Patriots is starting to weigh on him. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Gronk is currently content “having fun and generally just taking a little extra time away.”
Lucic: I was like, “Aw, thank God.” There was a sense of relief but also a sense of excitement. I’m sure [Bergeron will] tell you the same thing I’ve told you: That it’s one of those special games you think about a lot.