Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, relays that the tight end has yet to decide on his playing future, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports. On the plus side, Rosenhaus indicated that his client, who played through the Super Bowl with a thigh issue, is feeling healthy at this stage. Though Gronkowski's future with the team remains uncertain, we doubt that the Patriots are inclined to sign a big-name tight end in free agency. It's possible that Martellus Bennett could be lured out of retirement to provide depth at the position, but with a slew of picks available, the upcoming NFL draft is where New England figures to identify Gronkowski's eventual replacement.
Gronkowski's (thigh) agent Drew Rosenhaus expects the tight end to make a decision on retirement within the next couple weeks, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Gronkowski presumably hopes to avoid a repeat of last offseason when he waited until late April to confirm his intention of playing in 2018. There have been a few small hints that he's leaning toward playing at least one more season, including his presence at the Patriots' facility in Foxborough to receive treatment for a thigh injury he suffered during the Super Bowl. It sounds like he will announce his decision sometime before the start of the new league year March 13.
Gronkowski has made multiple appearances at the Patriots' facility since the Super Bowl, potentially receiving treatment for a thigh injury, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports. Gronkowski's presence at team headquarters might be interpreted as a hint he's leaning toward playing another season. It might also just be a matter of convenience, as he's still in the Boston area and was nursing a nasty bruise on his thigh after the Super Bowl. The 29-year-old tight end is coming off his worst season in terms of per-game fantasy production, but he did come on strong at the end of the playoffs with 12 catches for 166 yards between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. Gronkowski said he will take some time this offseason before he makes his decision on retirement.
Gronkowski brought in six of seven targets for 87 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. For the second straight game, Gronkowski proved he may not be quite as ready for pasture as some suggested throughout this past regular season. He was the Patriots' No. 2 pass catcher behind Julian Edelman, and it was his clutch 29-yard grab down to the two-yard line with 7:36 remaining that tilted a defensive slugfest in New England's favor. Coupled with his strong effort (six catches for 79 yards) in an AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs, Gronkowski's performance Sunday indicates he still can serve as a downfield threat in addition to his impressive work as a blocker. However, the tight end said he'll take several weeks this offseason before he makes a decision about continuing his football career, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Gronkowski will turn 30 in May and is coming off his least productive season in terms of fantasy points per game.
Gronkowski caught six of 11 targets for 79 yards during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs. A week after garnering just one target, Gronkowski led the team in that category while finishing second in receptions and receiving yards. He did little of note outside of a 25-yard gain, but it was still nice to see him so involved in the game plan. While Gronkowski isn't producing as he once did, he's still capable of dictating opposing game plans and serving as a big red-zone target. He'll look to build on this solid effort in the Super Bowl against the Rams.
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