Patriots sign seventh-round pick Danny Etling

The Patriots signed LSU quarterback Danny Etling to a four-year deal Wednesday. He was the first of the team’s nine draft picks to agree to terms.

New England made Etling the first choice of the seventh round, No. 219 overall. He joins Brian Hoyer behind Tom Brady.

Etling began his college career at Purdue and transferred to LSU in 2015. He took over as the starter for the Tigers in 2016 and held the job through last season. He completed 325-of-544 passes for 2,463 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions over his two seasons at LSU.

But, hey, since no one who tests positive under the PED policy ever was actually consciously trying to cheat, the agents need to say something. Even if the something that is said as a practical matter means nothing.

Yes, the Panthers. The last team Manning ever faced, beating them for a walk-off Super Bowl in.

It’s the latest opportunity that has been presented to Manning since retiring from the NFL more than two years ago. He has consistently rejected overtures and opportunities to do something other than pitch products and live life, but many believe he’ll eventually resurface as a member of an ownership group.

While playing, Manning often worked out at Duke University in Durham. The city became a location of major interest in 2012, as teams were lining up to sign the then-free agent.

The question likely will be whether Navarro offers the still-free agent executive a chance to not just be involved in owning the team but to run the show. With Manning, there’s no part-time, half-assed move. If he’s in, he’s all in. And if the offer is anything less than a chance to own equity coupled with a charge to run the franchise, it’s hard to imagine Peyton being interested.

Why should he be? Whether it’s Navarro or someone else, eventually an owner will give Peyton the power to write his own ticket, and he will.orioles_013