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There's Already Talk Of Rob Gronkowski Coming Out Of Retirement

rob gronkowski during a super bowl practice

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 01: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots warms up during Super Bowl LIII practice at Georgia Tech Brock Practice Facility on February 01, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday evening. About 12 hours later, there's already talk of the Hall of Fame tight end coming out of retirement.

The 29-year-old tight end announced his retirement on Instagram, as the former Arizona star called it a career with the New England Patriots.

"I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine," he announced.

Is this truly the end for Gronkowski, though? Maybe not. The All-Pro tight end's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, appeared on ESPN's Get Up! this morning and said he wouldn't be shocked if Gronkowski returns at some point. “If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games," he said.

Rosenhaus is just speculating, of course, and he said it's unlikely that Gronkowski plays football again. Still, the door for a return appears to be slightly cracked.

After all, we did just see Jason Witten retire, only to return to the Dallas Cowboys a year later.