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Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with the Patriots could make him the highest-paid TE in the NFL

A year ago, the New England Patriots picked up an option on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s contract — something he called “a pay cut.” Now he’s getting a raise. The Patriots and the four-time Pro Bowler agreed on a contract extension, and it’s structured in a way that will reward Gronkowski for being healthy enough to play and for contributing on the field.

The contract will pay Gronkowski up to $10.75 million per year if he’s able to hit certain benchmarks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that those targets include playing 90 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps, or hauling in 80 catches, or racking up 1,200 yards, or being named an All-Pro.

Despite that, the widespread belief after the season was that the Bills would release Taylor. He got benched in Week 17 thanks via management edict; they didn’t want to risk him getting hurt and forcing the team to payout his full $30.75 million guarantee. In the end, they did keep him albeit with a reworked contract to take away a mountain of guaranteed money. Now, he gets $15.5 million in guaranteed money and a wad of incentives after 2017, essentially making it a one-year deal.

It’s possible that this is just a motivational tactic the tired, old NFL say about forcing everyone to compete for the jobs. However, that one’s usually reserved for highly drafted rookies this time of year, not veteran quarterbacks who have given the Bills the best two-year stretch of QB play the team’s had since Jim Kelly had the job.

Here’s an idea — give the guy a vote of confidence in the press. In a league where there aren’t enough above average quarterbacks for all 32 teams, Taylor clearly gives the Bills their best shot to win now and even into the future.

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Cardinals QB Carson Palmer talks Tom Brady, Deflategate

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — While acknowledging that he didn’t know all the specifics about Deflategate, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t strike an empathetic tone Wednesday when asked his thoughts on how the NFL treated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“It’s why we drafted him where we drafted him,” he said. “It’s why we [traded for] DeMarco. DeMarco is as good as I thought he was, too. So we’re pretty fortunate. Nobody’s shown that they are not capable of being pretty darn good for us.”

The Titans don’t plan to designate anyone as the third-down back, and feel comfortable with either player being on the field when he is more likely to be asked to block or run a route.

“I was just seeing if you guys looked at it,” Mularkey joked with reporters, before saying not to read too much into the switch and that it was partly a hat tip to fullback Jalston Fowler.

After Wednesday’s practice, Mularkey reiterated the same theme about the way Tennessee plans to divide carries Sunday in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

“It’s DeMarco,” Mularkey said. “It’s DeMarco, and when DeMarco needs a blow, it’ll be Derrick. And maybe if I feel like we need a change of pace, I’ll put Derrick [in]. … They are going to both get opportunities for sure.”

Mularkey said he’s pleased with Henry’s work.

The Ravens have more depth at running back than they’ve had in years. Coach John Harbaugh said he wants to get all of his running backs involved, and that could lead to a running back by committee with Terrance West, rookie Kenneth Dixon (who is currently injured) and Buck Allen.

Forsett, who played in only two preseason games, insisted he is ready to carry the ball 20 to 25 times in a game if called upon.

“I’m excited,” Forsett said. “Feed me.”