Don’t be surprised if Gronk comes back

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Rob Gronkowski is retired. And he means it. But that doesn’t mean he can’t change his mind.

The 29-year-old Gronkowski could easily change his mind, and in fact his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says he might. Rosenhaus told Peter King for Football Morning in America that it wouldn’t shock him if Gronkowski decided to come back before the year is over.

Gronk has made no secret that the wear and tear on his body has worn him down through the years, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be persuaded to come back, perhaps during the season after having several months to rest and recuperate. It’s easy to envision the Patriots being willing to bring him back if he wants to come back, especially if they’re in the middle of a playoff race and they think he could make the difference. Gronkowski has spoken often of his respect for Tom Brady. If Brady calls Gronk at some point during the season and says, “I want a seventh Super Bowl ring and I can’t do it without you,” does Gronk say yes?

Plenty of great players have done it before. Jason Witten just unretired after retiring last year. Marshawn Lynch retired in 2016 and then played in both 2017 and 2018. Randy Moss retired for a year and then came back for one last year with the 49ers. Randall Cunningham retired in 1996, came out of retirement in 1997 and was an MVP candidate in 1998. Deion Sanders retired for three years and then unretired. Ricky Williams retired and ended up playing more NFL seasons after he unretired than he had before his first retirement. Brett Favre unretired multiple times.

Gronk has always done things his own way, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he decides to come back, on his own terms, when he thinks the time is right. As of now he’s retired, but there’s no reason he can’t change his mind.

27 responses to “Don’t be surprised if Gronk comes back

  1. Gronk isn’t Jason Witten and already has three Super Bowl rings and is a lock for the HOF. Brady isn’t a selfish guy and understands the physical beating Gronk’s body has taken throug the years. All of those back surgeries say it’s time to move on and do it while on top and not to join a late season bandwagon.

  2. Yeah, Gronk is still young enough he could retire and unretire more times than Favre. Plus, he’d look good in a copper shield ad.

  3. Shhh, let the haters have a few minutes of joy before it all comes crashing down on them again like it always does and always will.

  4. playoff race? in that division, in that conference? every year a new team pops up and may take the 1 or 2 seed in the AFC, but New England is guaranteed the other 1 or 2 seed.

  5. Yep, I don’t think that would surprise anyone. Gronk could skip all the off-season hassle, get plenty of rest and recovery, and if the Pats are again in the hunt for another championship, come back late in the season to get tuned up for another run at it.

  6. “Brett Favre unretired multiple times.”

    No he didn’t. He played continuous seasons without missing one. He NEVER retired, he just avoided training camp.

  7. Don’t know if Gronk is coming back, but placing him on the retired list gets the patriots $9.5 million in cap room until September. With Gronk still on the roster they would have been forced to restructure some additional contracts or release some top 51 players to stay at all active in the free agent market.

    They now have 5 months to deal with the issue.

  8. edukator44 says:
    March 25, 2019 at 10:57 am
    playoff race? in that division, in that conference? every year a new team pops up and may take the 1 or 2 seed in the AFC, but New England is guaranteed the other 1 or 2 seed.

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    That’s because they get an easy 3-4 wins by beating up on one of the other AFC Divisions each year. Remember last time they played the AFC North? The swept the division and pummeled the Steelers a 2nd time for good measure.

  9. Ive always wondered if there is a niche for this kind of thing. Older players that extend their career by building a specialization in staying fit and injury free for late season additions. If those moves go well, the player becomes more marketable and “clutch” if not, it’s no worse than being injured or unemployed.

  10. There must be a list of players who unrestored and sucked, as well. I love Gronk and he seems smart to go out on top. Successful comebacks are the exception no the rule.

  11. Of course he’s coming back. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.
    This is about avoiding the rigors of the off-season and training camp.
    He’ll make his triumphant return at some point.

  12. SWFLPC.INC says:
    March 25, 2019 at 11:35 am
    edukator44 says:
    March 25, 2019 at 10:57 am
    playoff race? in that division, in that conference? every year a new team pops up and may take the 1 or 2 seed in the AFC, but New England is guaranteed the other 1 or 2 seed.

    ——

    That’s because they get an easy 3-4 wins by beating up on one of the other AFC Divisions each year. Remember last time they played the AFC North? The swept the division and pummeled the Steelers a 2nd time for good measure.
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    Seems like they get another 3-4 easy wins by beating up one of the NFC divisions as well.

  13. He may come back just not to the Patriots. I can see a GM like Elway trying to outsmart Belichick signing Gronk. Only to realize he outsmarted himself just like he did when he signed Welker.

  14. oh how the media misses farve and his antics, but not the fans.

    great run Gronk. It’s been a pleasure watching you do your thing.

  15. I’d love to see Gronk come back around December and be ready to roll by Christmas.

    SantaGronk

  16. My initial thought was that he’d be back. I think he’s one of those guys who views himself as “a brand”. Likes self-buzz.

  17. If he’s having a hard time with wear and tear if he un-retires he wont be in football shape and its gonna hurt a whole lot more. Also might cause another injury. As a player gets older the knees tend to go. If anything he should take less of the hits in preseason and practice and maybe cut back on snaps in games. When a game is win able maybe take him out. Maybe take him out during non division games

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    He may come back just not to the Patriots. I can see a GM like Elway trying to outsmart Belichick signing Gronk. Only to realize he outsmarted himself just like he did when he signed Welker.

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    It would have to be by trade. The Patriots have Gronk’s rights.

    Won’t happen though, he’s done.

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