Gronk’s recent tweets shed no light on his status

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It’s been 22 days since Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski ended the season by declining to say whether he’ll be back for another. In recent days, a couple of cryptic tweets have raised more questions than they have answered.

Via NBC Sports Boston, Gronkowski’s two tweets since Saturday are inviting high-level interpretation.

First came this: “Forseee [sic] your own future, control your own temptations, and your destiny will be not just be reached, it will just be starting.”

Then, on Monday, he posted this one: “There are NO limits!!!!!”

Gronkowski has provided no insight regarding his plans since reacting to a question about rumors of retirement by saying, “I don’t know how you found out about that.” Which implies that there was something about which to hear. His recent tweets really don’t tell us anything, and they arguably could be interpreted as supporting a conclusion that he’s staying or that he’s moving on.

Whatever he does, the Patriots surely would like to know, sooner rather than later. If they’ll need to replace him, it will be helpful to know that before the free-agency period opens, and before a decision has to be made on tight end Martellus Bennett‘s looming roster bonus.

Given the rule of thumb that anyone who openly ponders retirement already has one foot out the door, the Patriots should consider proceeding as if anything they get from Gronkowski will be gravy. The problem, however, will be luring a veteran to town without knowing for sure where that veteran will land on the depth chart.

Due to earn a base salary of $8 million this year, the much-injured Gronkowski could choose to roll the dice on the prospect of getting paid simply for being Gronk, a niche that only he could fill, in a way that may fill his pockets completely, and then some.

20 responses to “Gronk’s recent tweets shed no light on his status

  1. Man either way with him I feel like we’ll all be saying what could have been. He’s already in the convo of greatest tight end but if he retires now he doesn’t pass Sharpe or Gonzalez and I think he would have to play at least two more healthy years to pass Tony G. Dude just can’t stay healthy.

  2. Pats would re-sign Bennett anyway because they’d love to have both guys and for some time have wanted both on the field at the same time, and have had both on their books at the same time.

    And if Gronk retires (which I doubt, at least for the 2 remaining yrs of his contract) he won’t announce it on the twit-sphere before discussing it with the team – this isn’t the Steelers.

  3. Well, don’t blame on entirely on Gronk for thinking about retirements due to injuries ; Tom Brady isn’t throwing easy pass for Gronk to catch easily, and Gronks keep making amazing catches from Brady’s inaccuracy throws…

    If Rodger was throwing passes, maybe Gronk would play longer and less injured.

  4. Gronk being Gronk is being way overplayed. Noone will care about a shallow goof once he is no longer associated with the NFL or Patriots. 2 years of wrestling maybe, a couple commercials, nothing else

  5. I don’t think there’s any realistic chance he is retiring. That question was posed to him the night he lost a very close Super Bowl. He was upset while and still had the adrenalin pumping. Injuries suck. Concussions should scare all NFL players. He’s still young. He might be the most physically gifted tight end of all time. Most of all, it’s not like his frat boy charisma will be charming enough to launch a new career when he’s not playing. Give him another month or two and he’ll be ready to play again.

  6. Man either way with him I feel like we’ll all be saying what could have been. He’s already in the convo of greatest tight end but if he retires now he doesn’t pass Sharpe or Gonzalez and I think he would have to play at least two more healthy years to pass Tony G. Dude just can’t stay healthy.

    Can’t stay healthy? He just missed 1 game due to injury this season. Played in 17/19 games in 2017.

  7. This is just more psyops from the Pats. Kraft, Belichick, Caserio, McDaniels and Brady all know what’s going on – whether he’s retiring or not. Just think of the ripple effect the mere mention of Gronk retiring is having on the league and other teams, especially those in the AFC East and AFC in general, in how they analyze and prepare for the draft.

  8. I’m sure he wants to stay and lose a few more Super Bowls. Patriots have already tied the record for most eggs laid in the big game. Gronk can make it six with his mediocre performance.

  9. It’s been fun watching the Boston media– supposed journalists– going all “Miss Cleo” and trying to gaze into the crystal ball to figure out what these tweets mean and pretending like they actually have a clue what they are talking about. Meanwhile, to my knowledge, actual respected writers/reporters who cover the Patriots (Tom Curran, Mike Reiss), haven’t jumped into the fray.

    The fact still remains that Gronkowski is under contract. Typically, players under contract (and under the age of 30) don’t feel it necessary to announce each off season whether or not they will continue to fulfill their contract. Who knows, maybe he’s considering the idea, or maybe just wants some more bonus $ like he got last year… but the notion that the Patriots are sitting around trying to figure out what his tweets mean like the “experts” is ridiculous. Maybe, just maybe, they’ve actually spoken with him and are aware of what his intentions are or at the very least when he plans on making up his mind.

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