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News Blitz 3/26: Filling the Gronk void

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Rob Gronkowski’s retirement continued to dominate the news on Monday, a day after the tight end opted to step away from the game at the age of 29.

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says the door may not be completely closed on his career, but if it is the Boston Globe offers up some of his more memorable moments. They also provide some options to replace him.

The Boston Herald looks at how Gronk stacks up among the greatest tight ends of all time. The Providence Journal says Gronk was always the life of the party. NBC Sports Boston chats with Texans coach and former New England offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who reminiscences about Gronk’s greatness.

NBC Sports Boston says nothing’s cooking as far as a new contract for Tom Brady, who is set to enter the final year of his deal.

The NFL announced at the owners’ meetings that the Patriots will officially open their season on Sunday night, September 8, at Gillette Stadium. As has been previously speculated, the Packers and Bears will open the season on Thursday night to kick off the league’s 100th anniversary season.

ESPN.com says new defensive coordinator Greg Schiano’s challenge will be to build up the Patriots defense and to connect with the players.

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