Report: ’20-percent chance’ Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots in 2019

Andy Hart
November 03, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Though many closed the door on the idea that Rob Gronkowski would come out of retirement to return to the Patriots this season when the tight end definitively told WEEI last month that “it’s a no,” others aren’t so sure.

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According to a report from Pro Football Talk, citing a source, there is a “20-percent chance” that Gronkowski could still rejoin the Patriots this season. The report says that’s actually down from a 40-percent “estimate” this past summer.

PFT also reiterates that Gronkowski must make the decision before the “last business day before New England’s Week 13 game,” or he cannot return this season.

“I’ll give an answer. Obviously when I retired I retired for a reason, because I needed to step away. So it would be a no. It would be a no. There it is,” Gronkowski told The Greg Hill Show on WEEI on Oct. 15.

Gronkowski, though, has also seemingly kept the door open for a return in various interviews, including that same GHS discussion in which he said that if he got “the long, continuous itch” to return he could get back on the field very quickly.

“If I really focused on it, you can really do anything you want. The mind has to be to it. If I really had that itch and really wanted to focus on it then I could probably do it in a week if I wanted to. It’s like riding a bike,” Gronkowski said.

According to Pro Football Talk’s source, there is apparently still a “20-percent chance” of that happening.

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