Mack enters the final season of his rookie contract, set to make $13.846 million on the fifth-year option.

When it comes to the future of star tight end Rob Gronkowski in New England, Robert Kraft is at peace.

The Patriots owner is aware that Gronkowski openly contemplated retirement after New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles , but everything Kraft’s seen and heard from the playmaker suggests a return to the field in 2018.

“It’s not even an issue for me,” Kraft told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. “I didn’t know about it until I read about it in the paper. I saw (Gronkowski recently at Gillette Stadium). We have a fun, good relationship. He is one of the most up people I know. I was impressed that he was coming in late and doing whatever he had to do to make himself feel right and get his body right.”

The fivesome includes three first-time head coaches, Matt Patricia (Detroit), Frank Reich (Indy), and Mike Vrabel (Tennessee), and two men returning to the top job, Pat Shurmur (New York), and Jon Gruden (Oakland).

For Gruden, his ballyhooed return to the sideline begins with today’s workouts. Given this is little more than supervised workouts, the fiery coach isn’t going to begin his tenure with a big speech or hoopla.

Phase one of workouts are voluntary for NFL players.

Montgomery was knocked around throughout his 4 1/3 innings, as he retired just 11 of 23 batters allowing four runs on a career-high 10 hits.

Montgomery’s short outing had manager Aaron Boone deciding to spell him with German, who was called up from Triple-A on Saturday and the leading candidate to take injured lefty CC Sabathia’s turn Thursday in Boston before being used in long relief on Sunday.

Now the options are fellow call-up Luis Cessa, who pitched an inning of relief on Saturday but was stretched out in spring training, or Sonny Gray on regular rest (which is an option due to Monday’s off day).rams_014

Jay Gruden: ‘Good possibility’ Redskins use early pick on RB

The Redskins struggled to move the ball on the ground last season, and coach Jay Gruden may have a solution to their problem.

Speaking Tuesday on 1067 The Fan, Gruden hinted that Washington may take a running back early in this year’s NFL Draft, saying there was a “good possibility” of using an early pick on a running back.

Holtby is 14-2-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his career against Columbus, which lost to Nashville in its final game while resting stars Artemi Panarin, Seth Jones and Zach Werenski and two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

“They’re a good young team and they have a great goaltender, but for me it doesn’t matter against who you play,” Kuznetsov said. “It’s just like a fun time. You prepare all year for this moments.”

The Capitals rested RW T.J. Oshie, who has been dealing with a lower-body injury. C Jay Beagle missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. … With the primary assist on Kempny’s goal, Capitals F Shane Gersich picked up his first NHL point in his third game. … Ovechkin, Capitals D Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson and Hischier played all 82 games this season.

Video obtained by TMZ Sports shows Zay shoving Cayleb in a hallway and shouting he is going to “fight for Jesus.” The clip later shows what appears to be Zay’s blood on the walls of the apartment building where Cayleb’s girlfriend is a resident.

Kansas City’s offensive outburst on a raw night came out of nowhere. The club had been held to a single run in four of its previous five games, and two runs in the other. The Royals hadn’t scored more than three runs in a game since a season-opening 14-7 loss to the White Sox.

They had three runs in the first inning alone Monday night.

They tacked on another in the third before a five-spot in the fifth, a half-inning that lasted so long it was a wonder Junis didn’t cool off — or freeze entirely — while sitting in the dugout.buccaneers_002