Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski still ‘considering’ if he wants to continue playing

By Ryan Ward
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

The New England Patriots are coming off a Super Bowl loss. It’s the third in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era, with the team falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in February. Following the loss, the team saw a few players and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia leave in the offseason. That might not be the end with Rob Gronkowski potentially calling it a career.

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of speculation about Gronkowski’s future in New England. Gronkowski is apparently considering retirement and that has led into the team’s offseason program, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Like quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England’s offseason program Monday, according to a source.

Gronkowski still is considering whether to play the upcoming 2018 season, and has had “good communication” with the Patriots, per the source.

Obviously, Gronkowski still being undecided in April is concerning for the Patriots. New England may have to adjust. Or, simply start to plan as if he won’t be coming back for the 2018 NFL season.

 

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Regardless of the up-in-the-air situation with Gronkowski, the Patriots are expected to be Super Bowl title contenders once again. Until Brady and Belichick show signs of slowing down, the storied franchise will continue to be perceived as a force to be reckoned with in the AFC and that hasn’t changed with Gronkowski’s status still uncertain at this point in the NFL offseason.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out for the Patriots. Will they be the same team without their best offensive weapon outside of Brady?