According to Jason La Canfora, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was the only owner during the recent league meeting to rail against the players who have been kneeling or staying in the locker room during the national anthem.
A source tells La Canfora, Jones expressed his feeling several times in a “firm and forceful” manner, but restrained and not over the top.
“Jerry made it clear he wants that enforced and wants the NFL to compel all players to stand,” an executive present in the meeting tells La Canfora.
Jones also expressed concern that the league wasn’t more proactive about anthem protests dating back to last year.
- Ben Volin of the Boston Globe writes that Colts HC Chuck Pagano may not survive another season in Indianapolis, despite the fact that he’s been on the hot seat for the past few years and still has managed to hold onto his job.
- If the Colts end up moving on from Pagano, Volin points out that Colts GM Chris Ballard has made no secret how much he respects Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub.
- Another option could be Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, who could view the opportunity to work with Andrew Luck as attractive enough to leave New England, writes Volin.
- Mike Reiss of ESPN writes that it would be smart business for the Patriots to try to sign backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to an extension now.
- However, Reiss admits that it takes two sides to make a deal and if Garoppolo truly wants a chance to start next season, it wouldn’t make much sense for him to sign an extension with New England right now, unless he secured a one-year deal that split the projected franchise-tag figure over 2017 and 2018.
- As of now, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has played 74 percent of the team’s snaps, which would increase his salary from $5.25 million up to $6.75 million if he maintains this percentage over the remainder of the year.
- Gronkowski can earn $8.75 million for 80 percent of the team’s snaps and $10.75 million if he reaches the 90 percent threshold.