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49ers plan to keep Jerick McKinnon
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon will remain with the team in 2019, general manager John Lynch said.
There was talk the 49ers would part ways with McKinnon after signing Tevin Coleman, but Lynch says that will not be the case. McKinnon and Coleman will likely compete for touches behind Matt Breida in what sets up to be a crowded backfield situation in San Francisco. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson could also be involved. McKinnon missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in practice before Week 1.
McKinnon has 474 rush attempts for 1,918 yards and 7 touchdowns over 58 career games. He's also caught 142 passes on 191 targets for 984 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Drew Rosenhaus: Rob Gronkowski would return to Patriots
Retired tight end Rob Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus "wouldn't be shocked" if the future Hall of Famer returned to the New England Patriots.
“If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games,” Rosenhaus said. Turning 30 in May, Gronkowski is ready to move on to off-field passions, but he could always return for another postseason run.
Over 115 career games, Gronk reeled in 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns (0.69 touchdowns per game) on 795 targets.
Jared Cook reportedly committed to Saints
Free agent tight end Jared Cook will still sign with the New Orleans Saints despite renewed interest from the New England Patriots following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, reports Peter King of NBC Sports.
Multiple reports last week said Cook was headed to New Orleans, but he still hasn't put pen to paper. However, King claims Cook will not waver, even with the Patriots in need. Cook will turn 32 in two weeks.
Cook caught 68 passes for 896 yards and 6 touchdowns on 101 targets for the Oakland Raiders in 2018.
Jeremy Maclin hangs them up
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, and Baltimore Ravens, announced his retirement after nine seasons.
Maclin's final season came with the Ravens in 2017 before he was left unsigned last year. The 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Maclin posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2014 and 2015, but injuries limited him to just 24 games over his final two years in the league. Maclin turns 31 in May.
Maclin caught 513 passes (838 targets) for 6,824 yards and 49 touchdowns in 114 career games.
Washington's Colt McCoy underwent leg surgery
Washington Redskins quarter Colt McCoy had surgery on his right leg, reports The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir.
El-Bashir is told the operation was "preventative maintenance" and McCoy is expected to be ready for the start of Washington's offseason activities. It's the second leg surgery since December for McCoy, who turns 33 at the beginning of September. McCoy and Keenum are expected to compete for the starting job.
McCoy threw for 372 yards (6.9 yards per attempt) on a 63.0 completion percentage with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in three games last season.
Phillip Lindsay (wrist) likely to miss Broncos' OTAs
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is unlikely to be ready for the start of OTAs, head coach Vic Fangio announced.
Lindsay and offseason addition Bryce Callahan (foot) will both be sidelined for what the Broncos call bonus minicamp. Coming off a 1,000-yard rookie campaign that was cut a game short due to wrist surgery, Lindsay could return for training camp at the end of July.
Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards and 9 touchdowns on 192 attempts in his first NFL season. He also caught 35 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown on 47 targets.
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