Despite retirement talk, Gronk still spending time at Gillette Stadium

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is musing about retirement, but he hasn’t separated himself from the Patriots.

Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that Gronkowski has been at Gillette Stadium multiple times in the two weeks since Super Bowl LIII. Gronk is also maintaining his ties to the community, having recently visited patients at Boston Children’s Hospital and donated $80,000.

That doesn’t mean Gronk is definitely going to keep playing — he could be going to Gillette Stadium because the Patriots’ medical staff is there, and he’s dealing with a thigh injury — but it does indicate that he’s not turning the page on the Patriots just yet.

Gronkowski has said he’s going to take some time before he decides whether to keep playing. Gronkowski will turn 30 in May and has a $9 million base salary this season.

51 responses to “Despite retirement talk, Gronk still spending time at Gillette Stadium

  1. enjoy this guy while hes around…yeah he may act dumb as rocks…but hes a treasure and a HOF TE…this guy is a 3rd tackle and a heck of a receiver…hes also a prime example of how brutal and physical this sport is

  2. Regardless of how it plays out it’s been a genuine pleasure watching Gronk’s career.

    Of course that includes his after the whistle assault of a CB laying on the ground. Right…?

  3. Likely to tank his trade value, hoping is he valuable enough for Belichick to keep him around.

    Gronk’s numbers are insane. He’s not even 30 yet. His career progression puts him in line with the best receivers the game has ever seen, not just TEs. And he’s a top tier blocker at TE. He needs to stay healthy, because when he is – he’s a difference maker like no one else in the NFL.

  4. Funny thing is all of the Gronk retirement talk I’ve been hearing for the last three years leads right back to one source = the MEDIA!!! They just won’t let it die.

    I remember when Gronk was first posed the question, his response “and where’d you hear that, it wasn’t from me?”.

  5. He looks 10 years older than he is out there. His massive frame that brought him unparalleled success is also failing him spectacularly. Fortunately for him he’s got Brady for a QB and with that hulking frame can pretty much just jog to the end zone. For such an obvious bro dolt, he made a brilliant call refusing to go play with Matt Stafford.

  6. Gronk should taken a pay cut, maybe 6 million a year and be used primarily as a blocking TE and onthe goal line. Possibly as decoy on 3rd and longs to open someone else up. That would save a of wear and tear on his body everyone has been taking about.

  7. Of course that includes his after the whistle assault of a CB laying on the ground. Right…

    Yes. He showed greater restraint than I would have.

  8. Although I’m a Steelers’ fan, I’ve always liked Gronk. Has fun, and doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. JuJu seems to have a similar personality, I hope that doesn’t change.

  9. Gronk should only return as a situational player. Lots of blocking. On occasion as a receiver. Forget the performance laden contracts. Take the base and stay healthy and relevant by being a one or two down player.

  10. I believed the reports that he said last year he’d retire if the Patriots tried to trade him, and I’ll bet it’s every bit as true this year. If his contract number for 2019 is $9M, he’ll have to find out from the Patriots whether they’ll pay that for the kind of role he now plays. If not, maybe he can accept less. Or he can retire and move on to his next career.

    Those saying he’s washed up clearly aren’t watching his stellar blocking work that contributed so much to the success of the running game this year. If his catch stats are lower than when he was in his prime, that’s OK as long as he blocks so well.

  11. He is STILL HERE.I wonder who thinks about the Patriots more.. The fans.. Or the haters… I am so happy they are miserable. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Just wish I could see it, the suffering they go through wishing it was their favorite team. I would pay for it.

  12. Not a Pats fan on any level but I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of his career.

    Truly a great tight end. Possibly the best I’ve seen in my 45 years on this planet.

    I hope he plays another couple years.

  13. My guess is he may play one more year. I initially thought he’d retire after this year but since the tension between him and Belichick disappeared and he won another ring he’s having second thoughts.

  14. NinersFan1973 says:
    February 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    Not a Pats fan on any level but I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of his career.

    Truly a great tight end. Possibly the best I’ve seen in my 45 years on this planet.

    I hope he plays another couple years.

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    on any level, huh?

    jealous of ne doing it better than your 49ers in the cap era that much, huh?

    hate quality, intelligent, fundental football? what is it?

  15. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 17, 2019 at 10:07 am
    Regardless of how it plays out it’s been a genuine pleasure watching Gronk’s career.

    Of course that includes his after the whistle assault of a CB laying on the ground. Right…?

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    This coming from a guy who supports a coach that tripped a player during a return play….and a QB who has two rape allegations against him

  16. I hope the posters defending Gronk’s dirty hit aren’t serious.

    The Patriots were up by 3 scores with 5 minutes to go. Gronk could have seriously injured a great player. I think his actions were out of character, and to his credit, he took responsibility for them and apologized.

    But they should not be defended, by any true fan of the game.

  17. mystic headlock says:
    February 17, 2019 at 11:45 am
    He looks 10 years older than he is out there. His massive frame that brought him unparalleled success is also failing him spectacularly. Fortunately for him he’s got Brady for a QB and with that hulking frame can pretty much just jog to the end zone. For such an obvious bro dolt, he made a brilliant call refusing to go play with Matt Stafford.
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    Sheer nonsense. Did you even watch the Super Bowl where a 70% Gronk outran his defenders twice to make two clutch receptions and help the Patriots go ahead?

  18. I don’t envy the position of having everyone speculating your demise. It’s got to be a lonely place to be, living in your body, counting the scars, knowing what you do or don’t have left. And realise you are not even 30. I know 60 year old masons with broken down everything’s, and time looks like a real bitch. I assume gronk always has fun because he knows more than anyone that he wasn’t built for old bones on the football field. Good luck to him.

  19. Walking salt tablets want him to retire same as brady they can’t take it anymore ! It’s driving them insane that their teams cant produce like the boys up in foxboro!

  20. patsfan1820 says:
    February 17, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    My guess is he may play one more year. I initially thought he’d retire after this year but since the tension between him and Belichick disappeared and he won another ring he’s having second thoughts.

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    I think though that the whole reason he wanted to wait was because he wanted to settle into his real life and put the emotions from the season dusappate begire making any decisions on his futurecsince thise are more about his life than they are about football. He did that last year too before deciding to continue despite a discouraging finish. So I think the positive ending to this years season will have no more bearing than the negative one from last year. He is going to wait a few more weeks then think it through, then we will all find out. Keep in mind that underneath the whole Gronk thing is a guy is a very smart and methodical thinker. This could go either way and any spectulation or attempts to interpret his every word, move, or gesture is meaningless to his real thoughts.

  21. If the “Lucky Number Seven” has even the slimmest of chances I hope he plays next season.
    I never thought Dustin Pedroaia would make it to spring training but he is Florida so with fingers crossed I believe Gronk will suit up for one more Super Bowl run.
    Even Bill Belichick told TB 12 and Gronk they would be back .

  22. Top TE of his era, top notch stats, muliple time champ, finally made the impact play in a super bowl win, he’s got nothing else to prove. At this point he’s just playing for the love of the game and the adrenaline rush on Sundays. Seemed a step slower this past season with getting separation on his routes, but still love to watch him play anytime he’s out there.

  23. He’s just a big kid having fun. If he feels like he’s not having fun playing any more he’ll move on to something he can have fun at.

    He has taken a beating in the last few years. Even for someone built like him that takes a toll.

  24. Despite retirement talk, Gronk still spending time at Gillette Stadium

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    Retirement talk by who? The ONLY ones I ever hear bringing up retirement talk for Gronk or Brady over the last 4yrs is the MEDIA!!!

  25. I believe GRONK will play out the final year of his contract….. I believe Allen does a major restructuring to his contract or he’ll be released outright…..the pats have 2 TE’s currently on their roster that will see some major playing time this year (Stephen Anderson & Ryan Izzo)…Izzo is a great blocker & Anderson is a move type TE…..even though I’d LOVE to see them move up & land T.J.Hockenson , I just don’t see them doing that….
    Go Pats!!!!

  26. Love him but I hope he hangs it up. He has taken a incredible physical beating over his career and his off field future is extremely bright. First ballot? Absolutely!

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