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News Blitz 3/8: Patriots pick up Rob Gronkowski's option

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Even though Peyton Manning's retirement dominated the day, there was still some activity involving the Patriots. Most notably, to no one's surprise the team decided to pick up the remaining $10 million option bonus to ensure that Rob Gronkowski would remain under contract for the next four years. Gronk's tweet about the news sparked some discussion.

Gronk wasn't the only Patriot tweeting about his contract as fullback James Develin broke some news of his own via social media. Brandon King and Justin Coleman may not be far behind according to the

Amidst all of that team-related news, Bill Belichick was hard at work on the scouting trail.

Manning wasn't the only star to retire on Monday as former Patriots guard Logan Mankins called it quits after 11 superb seasons.

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