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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Football

Top 10 NFL players who might change teams this offseason

Antonio Brown

The NFL offseason is expected to be a busy one, and some big names are likely to find new homes next season. There will inevitably be some players hit with the franchise tag or retained by their teams, but there are plenty of high-profile players who will be traded or allowed to leave their current teams for a new home elsewhere.

Here are ten big names who could be in a new uniform when the next NFL season kicks off.

10. Jordan Hicks, LB, Eagles

Drafted by Philly in 2015, Hicks’ rookie deal with the Eagles is expiring. He emerged as a force on the team’s defense last season, recording 91 tackles, 3 sacks, 6 quarterback hits and 5 passes defended in 12 games. Injuries are a question with Hicks – he suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in 2017 and missed a month this season due to a calf injury. Still, when he’s on the field, he makes things happen. He even has 7 interceptions in 43 games. He’s expected to test free agency.

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Can Kyler Murray run a sub-4.30 40-yard-dash?

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray is a tremendous athlete who possesses some impressive skills. But just how impressive is he? We may find out at the NFL Combine.

Murray spoke with some reporters on Monday and said he will attend the combine in Indianapolis, though he is unsure if he will participate in the drills. If he decides to run, that might really turn heads.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr, Murray said the last time he ran the 40-yard-dash he was timed at 4.3.

If Murray ran a 4.3 and is faster now, might he actually be timed in the 4.2 range? If he does, that would be a game-changer.

Though Murray already won the Heisman Trophy and showed how dynamic of a player he can be on the field, sometimes teams and evaluators needs to see raw numbers to validate and confirm what they believe to be true. Showing that kind of speed would likely ensure Murray goes in the top 15.

Report: Rob Gronkowski has still been a regular at Patriots facility

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is once again openly contemplating retirement heading into the offseason, but there has been at least one positive sign for New England Patriots fans who are hoping the star tight end will return in 2019.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Gronkowski has still been a regular at Gillette Stadium since the Patriots won the Super Bowl two weeks ago. While some of that could have to do with him receiving treatment for a thigh injury he suffered, Reiss believes it also indicates Gronk is “in a good place with how the season ended, both team-wise and personally.”

Gronkowski has reportedly had some issues with Bill Belichick over the past two years, and we all know about his extensive injury history. There had been talk that Gronk would have retired following last year’s Super Bowl if the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, so many believe he plans to call it a career now.

However, immediately after the Pats beat the Los Angeles Rams, Gronkowski and Tom Brady appeared to drop a hint that the All-Pro could return for another run at a championship. Gronkowki and Brady have a very close relationship, so it would not be a surprise if the quarterback can convince one of his favorite teammates to play another year.