Two weeks later, no indication on what Gronkowski will do

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski gave everyone a surprise after the Super Bowl by responding to a question about a rumor of retirement by saying, “I don’t know how you heard about that.”

The fact that there’s a “that” means that there’s something to the it that became a that. Two weeks later, there’s still no clarity on it or that.

Saturday’s one-liners included a link to an item from Boston.com that looked at the situation, fueled largely by comments from Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

“Weeks before [the AFC Championship game,] Gronkowski was telling people around him the toll on his body was making him lean toward the potential that this was his last season,” Darlington said. “This is a very serious thing for Gronkowski at this point. He will certainly continue to contemplate retirement.”

Darlington said that the situation isn’t “an emotional approach to the loss of the Super Bowl” or “an emotional response to the concussion.”

That said, the concussion suffered four weeks ago today against the Jaguars is a factor. The talk in Minnesota before the Super Bowl was that Gronkowski had never been hit that hard in the head before, and that he struggled to achieve clearance to play in Super Bowl LII. Added to the belief that one or more family members have been urging him to call it quits and the reality that Gronk could make plenty of money by just being Gronk, and the question of whether he’s going to play in 2018 will linger.

The Patriots need to have an idea as to what he’s doing, sooner than later. Sooner as within the next three weeks, when free agency opens and pass-catching (but not run-blocking) replacements like Jimmy Graham become available.

61 responses to “Two weeks later, no indication on what Gronkowski will do

  1. More power to Gronkowski if that’s what he decides is best. Better to walk away a couple of years too early than a couple of years too late.

    I wonder if having McDaniels stick around might not influence his decision.

    That said, I’m not sure Gronk actually needs to come out and make an announcement of any kind. He’s under contract still, so why would he? Also, I always cringe in regards to reports from folks like Darlington who try and put themselves in the head of those involved and report it as if it is fact or he’s had a one-on-one interview. We’ll see how it plays out, but I think odds are he’s back (just might want some new bonus $ like he got this past season).

  2. thesmartest1 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    That spanking has him scared. E-A-G-L-E-S

    —————

    Philly special!!!!! Is anyone else associating that term to a fan who eats horse poop after a championship win???? Because all I keep hearing about is that play and the fans who ate horse poop so it makes sense to associate them together.

    Enjoy your ‘Philly Special’ Eagles fans… just be kind and grab a mint before you talk to the rest of us.

  3. I remember the Ravens fans talking smack after they won a SB. Jump ball Joe had a great year and all the comments about dynasty. How did that work out?
    The Sea Chickens did the same thing, then what?
    Enjoy it Eagles, while it lasts.

  4. He still has a lot left in his tank.

    But let him retire and save his body and head. He is a first-ballot HoF’er and for my money – the best TE I have ever seen play. He is a match-up nightmare for every defense that he ever played against and i respect his decision to switch careers.

    God speed to you man. But damn i hated watching you make Tom look so good. lol

  5. thesmartest1 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    That spanking has him scared. E-A-G-L-E-S!!!
    ——————–
    How was he spanked? He played well (116yds 2TDs), as did all the Pats offense. Don’t forget we now know the Eagles’ “Philly Special” formation used an illegal lineup the refs improperly allowed, and one of those 2 reviewed Eagle TDs improperly applied the catch rule. Despite that 14-point handicap the Pats still had a hail mary chance to tie the game – except Hogan and Gronk were both mugged by the defense and should have gotten the ball on the 1yd. To call that game a spanking is nonsense.

  6. jxt2521 says:
    Philly special!!!!! Is anyone else associating that term to a fan who eats horse poop after a championship win???? Because all I keep hearing about is that play and the fans who ate horse poop so it makes sense to associate them together.

    Enjoy your ‘Philly Special’ Eagles fans… just be kind and grab a mint before you talk to the rest of us.

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    Weak. One guy with a 33 iq is who you most remember. Let’s take any one of your cheating scandals and put an asterisk next to everything you accomplished. Btw, you lost the Superbowl to the Eagles in case you forgot.

  7. I think this entire story is made up.

    The reporter at the SB asked the question, and Gronk’s response “I don’t know how you heard about that” meant “I have no idea where you heard that” as in it was complete BS.

    But now everyone has latched onto his word choice and is imagining some scenario that never existed.

    He’s not retiring. He never considered retiring. He did not “struggle to gain clearance” to the SB. He was out and about that entire week and showed no indication of any issues.

    He’s playing next year. Time to go write articles and post about how Brady and Belichick are both retiring after the SB, as those were more accurate than this one.

  8. “Philly Special” formation used an illegal lineup the refs improperly allowed, and one of those 2 reviewed Eagle TDs improperly applied the catch rule

    Time to dry your tears Streety, your team got beat by 8 and Bill was out coached.

  9. Probably depends on how he feels physically, what movie offers he gets, what he’d have to do if he signs with WWE. He only has two more years on his contract with NE. His salary doubles from 4 million to 8 million in 2018 and to 9 million in 2019. His dead cap is 4 million in 2018 and 2 million in 2019.

  10. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move on. Arguably, the best TE ever, he has taken a hell of beating. He could potentially make far more money outside of football than the Pats will pay him (geesh, the Pats won’t even pay Brady FMV). Gronk is far more astute than most fanboys think. He knows an asset/balance sheet inside and out. He is marketable, very!

  11. Gronk have contract. Gronk catch ball. Gronk block. Gronk make money.

    Until he actually says “I am retiring” or his contract expires, there is literally nothing to say about “it” or “that”.

  12. Lol. So was everybody expecting him to hold a press conference to announce his plans? Guess what. 2 more weeks from now, you still wont know. And 2 weeks after that too. Better steel yourself if it makes you itchy to not know.

  13. Why in the world would someone who has had 3 back surgeries at 28 even entertain the idea of WWE? Everyone knows wrestling is fake as a three dollar bill, but the falling hard on your back two dozen times per match is real. Football is dangerous enough. If he retired due to injuries and just put his feet up or became an undoubtedly terrible actor, I’d get it. But pro wrestling??? You can’t be serious…

  14. He is not going to WWE nor Hollywood. Doesn’t have the personality or the look. Saw him do both once and it was excruciating.

  15. I think part of why his antics work now is b/c even though he’s partying you know he’s still going to ball out when he plays. Usually partying stories go with other trouble or lack of success on the field and we don’t see that with him. So when that contrast is gone, when he’s just partying and not playing, it won’t be quite the same spectacle. I don’t think he can just show up and “be Gronk” or whatever and get paid (for very long) like you’ve been saying.

    What I think would work for him is a hosting show where there’s still some kind of action going on. Like a middle ground somewhere between extreme sports and Jackass, maybe.

  16. Gronk and Bennett are both under contract for 2018 and 2019. Bennett should take some of the work load off Gronk.

  17. donbat67 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    Did he find out who took his whole house ?

    ____________________________________________________________

    It was Nick Foles.

  18. How much money did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone make doing movies? Gronk could make more. I don’t think the roles those guys played required a ton of acting talent, but they sure raked in the cash. Stunt men take the hits and the concussions.

  19. People talking about Eagles getting spotted points lol. They know from experience. Pats lost because the refs didn’t help them for once. Gronk is coming back, he’s just trying to keep his name in everyone’s mouth after that embarrassing loss.

  20. Seriously? No way in hades Gronk retires before Brady. If he evenn suggested it, he’d find a horse’s head in his bed shortly after the announcement.

  21. charliecharger says:
    February 18, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    How much money did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone make doing movies? Gronk could make more. I don’t think the roles those guys played required a ton of acting talent, but they sure raked in the cash. Stunt men take the hits and the concussions.
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    Gronk is an awful speaker and has zero presence as an actor. Like I said… excruciating to watch when he is out of his element.

  22. I think he retires because of that serious concussion. Steelers went through a similar situation with a talented TE Ladarious Green. It was a shame to see him go but those type of concussions are nothing to mess around with. As a fan you can’t be selfish, you have to think of the well-being of the person first over the entertainment they provide.

  23. thesmartest1 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    That spanking has him scared. E-A-G-L-E-S!!!
    ——————–
    How was he spanked? He played well (116yds 2TDs), as did all the Pats offense. Don’t forget we now know the Eagles’ “Philly Special” formation used an illegal lineup the refs improperly allowed, and one of those 2 reviewed Eagle TDs improperly applied the catch rule. Despite that 14-point handicap the Pats still had a hail mary chance to tie the game – except Hogan and Gronk were both mugged by the defense and should have gotten the ball on the 1yd. To call that game a spanking is nonsense.

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    Yeah gronkowski never pushes off ever. The guy totally could be called on every play including the play you bring up where he pushes Mills 30 yards downfield. You pats fans are a special kind of stupid.

    Reign is over , go back to the Sox.

  24. For his team’s sake, I hope he makes his plans known to them before the draft. For everyone else’s sake, I hope he doesn’t pull a Lebron and have a one-hour special to announce The Decision.

  25. askeddie11 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    donbat67 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    Did he find out who took his whole house ?

    ____________________________________________________________

    It was Nick Foles.

    ——————————
    I’m pretty sure Foles has an alibi for that day. The cops should be able to find proof to back it up in under two minutes. Ill even bet the NFL could do it in under 11 months.

  26. steelercrazy says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I think he retires because of that serious concussion. Steelers went through a similar situation with a talented TE Ladarious Green.
    ————————————————————————————————————————-
    Ladarious Green was an absolute scrub and only a Steeler fan could somehow utter a sentence in which these two players are some how equated.

  27. As an aside, harping on NFL player’s grammar is usually a sucker’s game.

    Example: Randy Moss’s “I play when I want to play.” If you read the rest of the quote, it’s pretty darn clear he means “I play *because* I want to play.”

    The only thing I would say is that if Gronkowski is really thinking of retiring (even if he doesn’t), he should let the team know before FA starts.

  28. There’s no indication of what he might do because he’s still decompressing…because it has (ONLY!!!) been two weeks.

    PFT, you’re acting a little bit like the girl who gets a peck on the cheek at the end of a date and then texts the guy 20 times starting at 8 am the next day.

    Cool your jets.

  29. Gronk;

    You’ve done enough, you’ve made plenty of money, you’ve given us all enough thrills to last a long time, and now it’s your health you’re worried about.

    Call it a day. We’ll miss you but we understand.

    Pats fan

  30. walker1191 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    steelercrazy says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I think he retires because of that serious concussion. Steelers went through a similar situation with a talented TE Ladarious Green.
    ————————————————————————————————————————-
    Ladarious Green was an absolute scrub and only a Steeler fan could somehow utter a sentence in which these two players are some how equated.
    _________________________________________

    Obviously you know very little about the numbers Green put up when he did see the field. And equating him to Gronk wasn’t the point.

  31. Patriots need to hang on to as many players as possible who helped them lose the Super Bowl. These are the losers of the future. Keep playing Gronk. And keep jumping on players who have already been tackled. That’s really smart.

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