Rob Gronkowski Is Returning To The Patriots
Rob Gronkowski is returning to the New England Patriots, that much is clear now.
Gronkowski, 30, abruptly retired over the offseason citing a lack of interest in putting his body through the wear and tear of an NFL season.
Although the veteran tight end was still very much at the top of his game, he still chose to hang his cleats up and pursue other interests.
Still, given how much Gronkowski still clearly had left in the tank, fans have been unable to shake the feeling that his retirement was just temporary.
A new report by Ian Rapaport of NFL.com has only fueled those flames even further.
On Sunday, Rapaport indicated that sources informed him of a conversation between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Gronkowski where the former asked the latter to come back for the postseason this year.
This conversation reportedly took place right around the time Gronkowski retired.
“Kraft told Gronkowski that he wants him to return for November, December, and a playoff run,” Rapaport says.
“If that happened, the team not only would welcome him back but will remain hopeful that it happens. Time is running out for Gronk to make a return.
“According to the rules, the last day for Gronkowski and the team to agree to grant him an official return to the roster would be Saturday, Nov. 30 — the day before the team’s Week 13 game.”
If Gronkowski and Kraft truly had this conversation, and Rapaport has no reason to lie about it, then he is definitely coming back.
New England desperately needs a quality tight end to make a deep playoff run, and Gronkowski is not doing anything of note outside of football right now.
This would be the perfect short-term marriage, and win-win for both sides.
Will Gronkowski ultimately come back? Stay tuned – we’ll find out for sure within the next three weeks.