Rob Gronkowski was seriously considering retirement during training camp

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski admitted after the Super Bowl that he was going to need some time to decide whether he’d retire from football. He has already been thinking about it for some time.

That’s the word from Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston, who reports that Gronk didn’t enjoy himself all season, starting with training camp in August.

Curran reports that Gronkowski seriously considered stepping away in training camp.

Gronkowski has suffered many injuries, most recently a concussion in the AFC Championship Game, and the physical toll of the game is wearing on him. The report also suggests that Gronkowski is tiring of the Patriots’ approach to the game. That raises the question of whether Gronkowski might prefer to be traded.

So even though Gronkowski is only 28 years old and the best tight end in football, it’s easy to think Super Bowl LII may have been Gronkowski’s last game in a Patriots uniform.

53 responses to “Rob Gronkowski was seriously considering retirement during training camp

  1. His presence on the field (and lack of it if he retires) changes everything for a defense. You only get one body however and one brain particularly. Treat them both well.

  2. And the 2018 BOSS (baseless offseason sports speculation) award goes to… look, if he’s seriously considering retirement why would he seriously wish to be traded elsewhere? And he’s never complained about his salary (which is good the next 2yrs anyway) and never shown anythying except being very happy in NE.

    And if he went to a team that could afford him he’d become an even more primary weapon in a smaller arsenal for a QB who is less able to read defenses and less able to care for those weapons, and he’d be pushed and hit even more. I can accept he maybe asking himself how much/long he still wants to play, but he’s not said anything about it, and when you combine it up with “or be traded” and “might be unhappy in NE” it all seems baseless speculation.

  3. Young, Famous, Rich, no shortage of post career media opportunities, and frequently injured.

    It would make sense to walk away while you are still healthy.

  4. I could see him tiring some from the no nonsense approach of how B.B. does things. He is a huge goofball after all, but I’m sure he wasn’t tiring from all the playoff births and super bowls!! I also understand he has had a ton of injuries but he couldn’t of asked for a better landing spot for his career.

    Eagles fan

  5. I watched Curran work the room at a private Patriots event. He was outside among the general public not in the room with the players and a select few. Heck, even I got into the room with the players. I look askance at his private revelations. Nor do I see anthing in the linked Curran articles that infers Gronk is “tiring of the Patriots approach to the game” as referenced above. The Patriots have often kept Gronk on the shelf to keep him healthy and haven’t “rushed him back”. Alas, Gronk has had some freak injuries and he has been targeted by opposing players for some evil hits. Great guy. Great player. Great teammate. Goodluck to him whatever path he chooses but please can the speculation that gratuitously tarnishes the Patriots.

    As an aside, I personally thought Gronk should have retired given the seriousness of his back injuries but he worked hard to come back.

  6. I heard it was all fun and games on the Patriots team tho,
    so you’re telling me there is a “Patriots way”?
    So why would current and former player lie

  7. Gronks a very good player obviously and nothing lasts forever. If he really wants out , then go. Its about the team and if he doesn’t wanna be here , then don’t let the door hit you!!! Its the New England Patriots , Not the New England Gronks!!! Regardless I think hes playing , just positioning for more CASH!!!!

  8. Tight ends in football take a beating–especially the ones that are the primary focus of opposing teams. That along with the long seasons that the Patriots play year after year is bound to take a toll. Gronk has become increasingly frustrated with the way the game is called against him seemingly because he is a physical beast. That frustration showed in the Buffalo game when he uncharacteristically when after their cornerback—that’s not the Gronk of previous years. Add in the fact that Gronk at age 28 is probably starting to look at life a little differently suggests that his career in NE/football is nearing an end this year or next.

  9. I am in no way a Gronk fan -really lost me with that cheap shot to the head for which he was suspended – but I do hope he makes the right decision for his body and his brain. He’s had a lot of injuries over the course of his career, and two concussions is nothing to sneeze at. He’s made his money, might be better to see what post-football looks like so that there is an actual post-football. Not worth not being able to enjoy it.

  10. He came back from ALL of those nasty injuries. Most players couldnt come back after one of them. Do what you want Gronk, thanks for the memories. He gets hurt again, all that potential income is out the window…patsfan here too.

  11. He’s got at least one more elbow drop of fury left in him. Bozo. A once respected/tolerated, whose party animal instincts were entertaining, son of Buffalo.
    Now just a NE lacky.

  12. officialgame says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:22 am
    Join the club Rob, everyone outside of New England is sick of how the Patriots do things.
    ————————————–

    Not true. I live well south of the Mason-Dixon line, and I love how the Patriots do things.

  13. Also, Belichick hates Kraft, who hates Brady, who hates McDaniels, who is the new coach of the Colts. The media in a nutshell.

  14. OR he could go to another team, get paid, stiff them and then return to New England.
    That seems to be the Patriot way.

  15. Gronk has a brand and I am sure there are people in his ear telling him if he wants to do something with that brand he needs to still be young when he makes the move, or the brand won’t be as valuable.

    I think he would be a great WWE superstar, but I don’t think that would create less of a toll on his body or make equal money to the NFL.

    As for acting he needs some work, but you never know what someone can become good at with work.

    Whatever he chooses I wish him well, but I hope he stays for a year or two more.

  16. Gronk saw what we all saw during SBLII, that Coach B didn’t want to win because he didn’t have his best 11 men playing defense. Gronk almost gets killed this year, is obviously stifled in pressers, and has all his money still, so being a mule for a coach who seems to have become complacent isn’t worth it anymore.

  17. The grass isn’t always greener, Gronk. Tired of the way they do things? What, winning? Don’t underestimate what playing with the best player in NFL history does for you.

  18. Huge Pats and Gronk fan, but speaking from experience brain injuries are no effing joke. Retire. It’s just a game.

  19. This is part of the Belichick/Brady/Kraft thing.

    If Belichick makes it tougher for players to train with Alex Guerrero, it will divide the team. Belichick is the HC, but Brady is the one on the team who players really believe in.

  20. If traded, he’s going to a bad/rebuilding team. Cleveland and Chicago make the most sense as trade partners. Maybe even San Francisco again lol.
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    What this article conveniently leaves out is Curran is also quoted as saying Gronk would not want to be traded and would not want to play for another QB other than Brady. So its really he comes back to NE or retires.

  21. Since it’s an article about the Pats and it’s something they don’t want to hear, it’s probably #fakenews. It’s all candy canes and gumdrops in Foxboro 24/7, don’t ‘cha know.

  22. officialgame says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:22 am
    Join the club Rob, everyone outside of New England is sick of how the Patriots do things.

    ——————-
    IKR? Getting pounded by the Patriots gets old quickly. Plus it’s now been the norm for so long.

  23. No team would want him.

    The line on him when the Pats drafted him years ago was that he was injury-prone, and he is smart to consider hanging it up now. I’m a big fan of his and I think he should call it quits while he still can – call it quits on HIS time, because you know that BB would cut him in an instant.

  24. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:57 am
    Gronks a very good player obviously and nothing lasts forever. If he really wants out , then go. Its about the team and if he doesn’t wanna be here , then don’t let the door hit you!!! Its the New England Patriots , Not the New England Gronks!!! Regardless I think hes playing , just positioning for more CASH!!!!

    Bruce Payne says:
    February 28, 2018 at 8:22 am
    The grass isn’t always greener, Gronk. Tired of the way they do things? What, winning? Don’t underestimate what playing with the best player in NFL history does for you.

    And these, folks, are your typical Pats fans. Worst fanbase in sports.

  25. askeddie11 says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I heard it was all fun and games on the Patriots team tho,
    so you’re telling me there is a “Patriots way”?
    So why would current and former player lie
    —————————-

    I’ve heard it’s mostly all business. Whatever it is, it’s working.

  26. Wellman says:
    February 28, 2018 at 8:46 am

    IKR? Getting pounded by the Patriots gets old quickly. Plus it’s now been the norm for so long.
    ——————————–m

    As Ben Franklin once said, “If you can’t beat them, have Goodell drum up some false charges against them.”

  27. Lane Johnson knows that Pats players do not have fun playing for BB and the pats organization the way it currently runs things. Can’t wait to hear Teddy Bruschi and Stephen A Smith wiggle and worm their way out of this one.
    FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

  28. .
    The NFL controls a major portion of every player’s life. From the offseason training regimen to the dog days of camp to the endless meetings during the season, one can see how it could become very tedious. When you add in the injury / rehab routine, it’s simple to understand a player with career options walking away.
    .

  29. I’d be ready to change careers as well. After many seasons of refs allowing the football equivalent of Hack a Shaq with few flags it’s no wonder he lost it when TreDavious White fouled him 3 times on one play with refs right there to see but do nothing. He’s played his entire career with d backs draped all over him but if he raises his arm an inch he gets called for OPI.

  30. whywerule says:
    February 28, 2018 at 7:54 am
    officialgame says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:22 am
    Join the club Rob, everyone outside of New England is sick of how the Patriots do things.
    ————————————–

    Not true. I live well south of the Mason-Dixon line, and I love how the Patriots do things.
    —————————–

    I live on the West coast and when Brady, Belichick. Gronk, Edelman and Amendola retire I will as well. The team has accomplished things working together that will not likely ever be duplicated with a salary cap. If you can’t appreciate it then you must simply be jealous.

  31. So, despite going to and winning Super Bowls all the time, despite consistent greatness, despite all the “glory” that comes with being a Patriot……he’s not having fun and would rather not be there anymore?

    Lane Johnson on line 1……

  32. As much as Gronk comes across as a low IQ meat head party boy, he’s quite thoughtful. He’s saved most of his money just like Marshawn Lynch

  33. Can’t blame Gronk, he’s over used in the Pats offensive system and taking a beating. And now add to it that serious concussion which is nothing to mess around with.

  34. He should just retire, and write his autobiography. It will be entirely written in crayon, and not have the correct use of “there, their, or they’re” even once.

  35. hasanwill says:
    February 28, 2018 at 9:30 am
    Lane Johnson knows that Pats players do not have fun playing for BB and the pats organization the way it currently runs things

    Oh no! Our biggest wish now is that everyone has fun all the time? That’s what we’re doing? Sometimes it’s a job—like all of ours. You do it with discipline and the way that brings the best results.

    You know what’s fun? WINNING. They appreciate the way things are done here once they move on or retire.

    Ask all the former Patriots how much fun it was leaving for teams that never win anything.

  36. Aw for cripe’s sake Gronk, if you want to crap all over the staff who took a chance on all your injuries and believed in you when other teams didn’t then just go away will you? The Pats have already treated you special and that’s not good enough apparently. Enough already.

    Your act is reminiscent of Favre’s annual retirement threats. The Pats have won Super Bowls without you and lost Super Bowls with you. Just shut up and make a decision and spare the team and its fans all this drama.

  37. Here is my guess. The Patriots place Gronk on the Injured/Designated for return for the first 12 games of the season. If they are playoff bound, he returns. If not, he retires. Because NE seems to make the playoffs every year… The players are playing extra games every year. The wear and tear increases. Gronkowski loves the game, he doesn’t need the money because he’s never spent a dime of his football income, and he likes to play wining football. So, a seven game season might be the thing that works.

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