Robert Kraft: There is hope Gronk could come back

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft isn’t sure that Rob Gronkowski is really retired.

Kraft said today on NFL Network that he still hopes Gronkowski, the tight end who announced his retirement this offseason, could play for the Patriots this year.

“We all love Gronk, and I think the bottom line is he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. So we can always pray and hope,” Kraft said. “There is hope for us still with Gronk.”

Not filing retirement papers isn’t necessarily an indication that Gronkowski isn’t serious about retirement. Plenty of retired players don’t file the paperwork right away. But Kraft is using it as an opening to talk about the possibility of bringing him back, and to make it clear that Gronk would be welcome if he wants to come back.

What might be even more persuasive for Gronkowski would be Tom Brady asking him to return as well. As PFT reported in July, a personal plea from Brady is viewed by some as the thing that could persuade Gronkowski to return.

So far, the Patriots have been just fine without Gronk. But the Patriots wanted another offensive playmaker enough that they signed Antonio Brown, and after that didn’t work out they may seek another playmaker. Perhaps one they know well, and one who has won Super Bowls with them before.

36 responses to “Robert Kraft: There is hope Gronk could come back

  1. Can you imagine a healthy rested Gronk returning for the postseason. Not one who had just gotten cleared to return after an injury, but one genuinely healthy and rested. Whoa!

  2. Where is the cap space? They let go of Ben Watson to free up some cash but I think that only gives them about $2-3 million. Where there is a will there is a way but, between the cap issue, Gronk’s motivation, and conditionining ( he has lost weight) I don’t see him returning.

  3. He’s on record saying he’s lost 15 pounds. He also said it was a relief because those are basically “fluff pounds” where he constantly had to eat to maintain a certain football weight.

    My guess is he could be in football shape in a month.

  4. It would take him a month to m get ready.Im preety sure he is seeing this defense and thinking what sounds better 3 times Superbowl champ or 4 time Superbowl champ.

  5. He did not really do anything last year,plus you really want to pressure a guy who admitted to having over 20 concussions,some he claimed he was knocked out co!d??let the man enjoy a healthy tv life and quit begging!

  6. Gronk wants his happy-time CBD oil.
    Wet blanket Patriots are run by Coach Dean Wormer, (“No more fun of any kind!”)
    Gronk is back to Bruce Banner size.
    Put it all together and obviously it’s all over, regardless of how much Pats fans want it.

  7. For the reasons he retired it wouldn’t make sense. He retired because he wasn’t feeling right. Well he’s feeling right now because he isn’t playing football.

    Although it makes sense considering they are a lock to probably win it all

  8. He could gain all that mass back in 6 weeks if he wanted to. Without roids. He was doing cardio and healing. Probly with hgh. Byt thats ok, hes not playing. At christmas time the GRONK will return

  9. He had a huge blocking role for the run game and the crucial catches in the Chiefs game and SB more than made up for his reduced regular season production. (As they said he was not longer “The Gronk” but just regular Rob Gronkowski)

  10. Just because he lost a lot of weight, that’s ok. It’s for the best. He won’t be the same blocker, but Brady just needs someone else who can actually catch the ball. A lighter and unretired Gronk is still better than a Jimmy Graham or Travis Kelce.

  11. When Calvin Johnson retired at an early age within a couple months he filed his retirement papers Why hasnt Gronk filed his papers I guess will see after the Bye week

  12. I could easily see him “doing a Witten” after struggling with tv work and missing football etc but if it happens it’s more likely next year after his body has healed and so he’s feeling good.

  13. He’s not really needed now. Not with the defense they have. Pats should be able to massage their offense into shape without Gronk. If they can do that, they’ll be relieved enough to leave him alone and let Gronk retire in peace.

  14. The earliest he will come back is probably 2020, similar to what Jason Witten went through. After playing or coaching a team for a while, people sometimes get mentally exhausted, but they miss the game after a while.

  15. FootballSeasonRules says:
    October 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    Just because he lost a lot of weight, that’s ok. It’s for the best. He won’t be the same blocker, but Brady just needs someone else who can actually catch the ball. A lighter and unretired Gronk is still better than a Jimmy Graham or Travis Kelce.

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    No, Brady needs to spread the ball around more, get back under center more and stop pretending needs to be the show. Last week’s 1st half was abomination.

    NKeal Harry is coming off IR and he will need to start working him in, too.

  16. One thing I’ve always liked about Brady and Gronk…they always give great interviews. No BS, no hidden messages, they just tell you exactly what they’re thinking – good or bad. If Gronk says he’s hurting, he’s hurting a lot.

  17. bostonsteve12 says:
    October 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm
    Where is the cap space? They let go of Ben Watson to free up some cash but I think that only gives them about $2-3 million. Where there is a will there is a way but, between the cap issue, Gronk’s motivation, and conditionining ( he has lost weight) I don’t see him returning.
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    Pretty sure some of the cap money is money carried over on Gronk from prior years.

  18. Skinny Gronk, new tv deal, I don’t think he’s coming back this year. I think there would be a chance for next year if the team falls short.

  19. It would take him about 45 days to put the weight back on that he’s shed so if he is serious about making a comeback then he needs to get back to the gym by mid October to have him ready for the second half of the season….Just sayin

  20. I would take the Gronkowski’s corpse, or even Zombie Gronkowski, over the bums the Pats have playing TE now. They cant block and Brady will not throw to them. They are basically just bodies out there

  21. Pats are getting eifert and sanders..
    Defense is prob the best Belichick has had. Rest of the league should be nervous as hell. But i will say Bradys age is showing

  22. Im the biggest pats fan ever.. But bradys age is def showing. Next year will be his last.. Gaurenteed

  23. “Defense is prob the best Belichick has had.”

    Funny how Patricia leaves and the Patriots defense gets exponentially better. One thing for sure Patricia is not a HC, the Lions losing streak begins Monday night now that their cupcake schedule is over finally into week six.

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