Ever since Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement this offseason, many have considered it just a matter of time before he returned to football.
Gronkowski dealt with various injuries over his last few seasons, but was still only 30 years old. Plus, the Patriots still have a need for the veteran tight end.
Recently, Gronkowski has played coy about the possibility of a comeback. Today, during an appearance on “The Greg Hill Show” on WEEI, Gronkowski gave his most definitive answer yet on the subject.
“I’ll give an answer,” Gronkowski told a caller who posed the question. “When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away. So it would be a no. There it is.”
Gronkowski would go on to say he’s “very satisfied” where he’s at right now. In addition to a new role as a member of FOX’s pregame NFL team, Gronkowski has also partnered with CBDMEDIC.
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) October 15, 2019
Without Gronkowski, the Patriots haven’t gotten much production from the tight end slot, relying on the inexperienced Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse. Veteran Ben Watson was also reportedly re-signed today, adding further depth to the position.
Proven tight end or not, New England hasn’t missed a beat yet this season, starting 6-0.