NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be having his fourth arm surgery soon, likely on Monday, though it could happen earlier. Gronkowski had X-rays taken on Wednesday as a precursor to surgery, and the Pat do expect Gronk to be ready for training camp, but they won’t know have a timetable until the plate in his arm is replaced.
This hasn’t however kept Gronk from staying in the public spotlight, as he recently worked as a bartender at Strega Waterfront in Boston. At least he’s not worrying about his injured forearm that is now on the verge of threatening his availability for the start of the 2013 NFL season.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Thursday’s NFL 32 that fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson made a “very big impression” on Raiders brass during his first week of offseason practices. Wilson threw for 7,765 yards and 52 touchdowns during his college career, and was projected as a first-rounder entering the 2012 college football season, but a disastrous senior campaign marred by his head coach being fired caused his stock to plummet.
Dallas Cowboys starting right tackle Doug Free has agreed to a $3.5 million pay cut and will remain with the team. Free originally had four years left on his contract, but agreed to a new two-year deal that will drop his pay significantly from $8 million annually.