Report: Patriots ‘tentatively planning’ for Rob Gronkowski to play in 2019
Rob Gronkowski still has not made a decision about whether or not he will play next season, but the New England Patriots apparently feel there is a decent chance he will be back.
Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said this week that Gronk truly still has not made up his mind, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Patriots are “tentatively planning” to have the star tight end back. He also notes that people close to Gronk believe he wants to keep playing.
In discussing the TE market, I passed my along what I know on #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: His agent says he has not made a firm decision, but the team is tentatively planning as if he'll be there in 2019 and some people close to him believe he wants to play. pic.twitter.com/YRyC36Xaoi
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
This is the second consecutive offseason that Gronkowski has openly contemplated retirement, and many believe the fact that the Patriots won the Super Bowl will inspire him to call it a career. However, Gronk is very close with Tom Brady, and one line of thinking is that the quarterback will be able to convince him to return for one more run. Brady and Gronkowski even hinted after the Super Bowl that Gronk will return in 2019.
If Gronkowski does decided to play, former Patriots star Willie McGinest floated an interesting theory about how he might go about it.