Ever since Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this offseason, there has been speculation that the star tight end would make a comeback at some point. The whispers have continued as training camp approaches.
Gronkowski has dealt with injuries over the last few years, which has taken a toll on his body and played a role in him stepping away. He also seems to be enjoying retirement, making several public appearances with his swimsuit model girlfriend, Camille Kostek.
Still, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio isn’t ruling out a return for the 30-year-old standout. In a recent post, Florio examined the likelihood of Gronkowski unretiring.
He cited a source close to the tight end putting the odds of a comeback at “40 percent.”
For now, Gronk isn’t thinking about football. He’s enjoying his life, he doesn’t need the money, and he’s having a blast. The question becomes whether Gronkowski misses his teammates and/or the games after August becomes September. While he won’t miss dealing with training camp and the preseason, he could miss the game once they start playing games that count.
And here’s a factor that needs to be considered: If quarterback Tom Brady makes a direct appeal to Gronk, that could be the difference maker.
Gronkowski made just 47 receptions in only 13 regular season games in 2018, but he saved his best for the playoffs. In three postseason contests, he hauled in 13 receptions for 191 yards.
Twelve of those 13 receptions came in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.