8:20 AM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston

Following up on TE Byham's contract

The Patriots announced the signing of tight end Nate Byham on Sunday, and here are the contract terms: Length: 1 year Base salary: $645,000 Split salary: $373,000 (in the event of injury) Salary-cap hit: $645,000 QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This is a modest deal, with no bonus money, that reflects a player competing for a backup spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui. With the Patriots not re-signing veteran Matthew Mulligan, who filled a blocking-based role last season, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound Byham is a candidate to possibly step into that void.

New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston

Contract talk: Gronk vs. Graham

One of the top stories in the NFL this week was Saints tight end Jimmy Graham signing a four-year, $40 million contract. There have been plenty of Graham versus Rob Gronkowski comparisons since both entered the NFL in 2010 – Graham as a third-round pick, Gronkowski as a second-rounder – and here are some thoughts on their contracts. Graham’s deal: 4 years, maximum value of $40 million Gronkowski’s deal: 6-year extension, maximum value of $55.

CBS Sports

"Gronk" on track to play week 1

All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready for the start of the regular season according to the New England Patriots website. Allie LaForce and Doug Gottlieb discuss during their "Major or Minor" segment.

FOX Sports

Manziel: 'Wherever I go people want to take pictures'

Johnny Manziel on the intense media curiosity surrounding his off-field activities -- particularly his weekend vacation to Las Vegas, during which he was photographed with Rob Gronkowski.