Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
2 months ago

Gronkowski is not eligible to return to action this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

This expected outcome became official Saturday afternoon, at which time the deadline for Gronkowski's potential reinstatement in 2019 passed. Per the report, the tight end will next be eligible to consider resuming his playing career following the Super Bowl. With that, Ben Watson and Matt LaCosse will continue to head the Patriots' tight end corps.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
2 months ago

Gronkowski said Tuesday that he has no plans to play football in 2019, but he hasn't ruled out a return to the NFL at some point in the future, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I wouldn't say never coming back,'" Gronkowski said. "I'm 30 years old. I'm young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I'm feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off."

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski announced his retirement in March, but given his relative youth and the fact that he was still playing at a high level in 2018, rumors have popped up intermittently in the ensuing months that he could resume his career. If the tight end intended to play in 2019, Reiss notes that Gronkowski would have to inform the NFL by Nov. 30, making it fairly safe to conclude that he'll be taking the entire season off. Expect more rumors regarding Gronkowski's plans for 2020 to surface throughout the upcoming offseason.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
3 months ago

Though Gronkowski has previously indicated he doesn't have plans to resume his playing career, during a pre-game interview on NFL Network Thursday night, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed his hope that the tight end might reconsider that stance, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, Gronkowski -- who has yet to file his retirement papers, per Kraft -- made his debut Thursday night as a FOX Sports analyst. When asked about Kraft's comments and the possibility of embarking on a comeback at some point, Gronkowski replied, "I would have to be feeling it, feeling it big-time to come back. It's always going to be open in my mind...I love the game of football. I love playing the game. I love being around the game. I even love watching the game of football now." While Gronkowski doesn't seem close to changing his mind at this stage, the fact that he's not entirely closing the door to that idea could make it tempting for those in leagues with ample roster space/flexibility to consider stashing the tight end. That said, such a move would be speculative and require an acknowledgement that it's still something of a longshot Gronkowski returns to the 6-0 Patriots in time to make a fantasy impact in 2019.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
3 months ago

Gronkowski has accepted a broadcasting position with Fox Sports as an NFL analyst, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The new role adds further fuel to the notion that Gronkowski isn't planning to resume his playing career, though at 30 years old, he still has plenty of time to revisit a comeback at some point down the road. Gronkowski will make his debut for Fox this week as part of Thursday Night Football, when his former Patriots squad will be matching up with the Giants.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
5 months ago

Gronkowski noted Tuesday that "for the first time in more than a decade, (he is) pain-free," Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

The tight end, who announced his retirement in March, also detailed a painful quad injury that he suffered in Super Bowl LIII, which troubled him in the month following the Patriots' victory in that contest. The 30-year-old added that his decision to call it quits was based on both a desire to give his body a break, as well as an acknowledgement that he had started to lose his zest for the game. At this point, Gronkowski has no plans to resume his playing career, but he seems to have left the door open to that possibility down the road. "If I have the desire to play football again, if I feel passionate about football again, if I'm feeling like I need to be out there on the field, I will go back to football," Gronkowski said Tuesday. "But as of right now, that is not the case. It could be the case in six months. It could be the case in two years. It could be the case in three years. It could be the case in three months. But I truly don't see it in the foreseeable future - in, like, a week or a month. No. I want to do a different chapter of my life right now." The open-ended nature of his comments Tuesday could make it tempting for those in leagues with plenty of roster space/flexibility to consider stashing Gronkowski, but such a move would require patience along with an acknowledgement that it's still something of a longshot the tight end returns in time to make a fantasy splash in 2019.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
6 months ago2 Comments

Gronkowski, who spent much of his NFL career in the 265-270 pound range, noted earlier this month that he's down to 250 pounds, Andrew Callahan of masslive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report indicates that the tight end, who is currently retired, hasn't been lifting weights of late and that's resulted in Gronkowski quickly trimming down since last season. Despite the noticeable change in his physique, speculation continues to swirl that Gronkowski could still elect to come out of retirement at some point down the road. With that in mind, Scott Zolak, co-host of 98.5 The Sports Hub, suggests that a midseason return (at which point Gronkowski would need some time to get himself into football shape) might be the most plausible scenario in such a case. While Gronkowski currently seems committed to staying away from the game, it's conceivable that he could miss playing enough to at least contemplate a comeback. For now, however, anything along those lines is pure speculation, with CSN New England relaying that Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio pegs the chances of a Gronkowski return at 40 percent.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
8 months ago

Gronkowski told reporters Sunday that he has no plans for a comeback, Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald reports. When asked about comeback rumors Gronkowski responded, saying "Oh man . . . whatever I say, it doesn't matter," he answered. "It will always be crazy out there. You (the Herald) can put them to rest."

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski was back at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to help raise money following his retirement March 24. His agent Drew Rosenhaus was on record just a day after the announcement saying he "wouldn't be shocked" if his client came out of retirement, but Gronkowski seems to have put those rumors to rest. As of now, the former Patriot appears set on staying retired.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
10 months ago

The Patriots have officially placed Gronkowski on the team's reserve/retired list, NESN.com's Zack Cox reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski announced Sunday via Instagram that he intended to retire from the NFL as a player, and that was made official Tuesday. While replacing the star pass catcher will be no easy task for the club, Gronkowski's departure frees up roughly $9 million in salary cap space for the Patriots, who will no doubt be looking at the draft as a path toward rebuilding their tight end corps. So soon after Gronkowski's announcement, it seems a tad silly to immediately speculate about a potential comeback, but it's worth noting that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, suggested that it wouldn't shock him if Gronkowski contemplates a return to the field at some point down the road.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
10 months ago

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said he "wouldn't be shocked" if Gronkowski came out of retirement "to play a few games" at some point, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old tight end announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram without any hint or mention of a possible return to football in the future. Given his lengthy medical record along with the plethora of business/media opportunities available, it's easy enough to understand the appeal of retirement for a future Hall of Famer with three Super Bowl rings. That being said, Gronkowski might eventually consider a return to the Patriots if he finds that retirement isn't as enjoyable as playing football. Meanwhile, the team needs to add some help at tight end, where the depth chart currently holds Matt LaCosse, Jacob Hollister (hamstring), Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo -- a group with 71 combined NFL receptions.

Rob Gronkowski
TE FA
10 months ago

Gronkowski announced Sunday that he will retire from the NFL.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski has not been shy about hinting at his retirement recently, and following yet another Super Bowl win, the all-time great tight end will officially call it a career. Gronkowski will finish his NFL career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns, and he leaves the Patriots with a massive hole at tight end moving forward. Chances are New England is strong in its pursuit for a tight end this offseason, starting with the 2019 NFL Draft.