Did Rob Gronkowski sort of hint he's playing in 2019?

Ryan Hannable
February 07, 2019 - 12:15 pm

Rob Gronkowski went on Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night and revealed he got hit in the face with a beer can during the victory parade.

While telling the story, he made a comment that indicates he may plan on playing in 2019.

"There was like five beers coming at one time. Everybody in the duck boat was juking them. We’re getting good practice for next season," he said. "Next thing you know, I move back a little, and I’m just chilling, looking, and then, ‘Pop! You see that?' Full beer can right to the face. I was bleeding all over the parade on the duck boat. Then, my dad, he’s blocking all the next shots. You can see him he’s karate-kicking a beer flying at me."

Obviously, the line that stands out is, "getting good practice for next season." Of course, it's hard to read into a few words like that, but any indication one way or the other is noteworthy, as Gronkowski still hasn't decided if he's playing next year or not.

"Right after the season, you can’t make a decision," he said. "It’s so emotional, a big win like that. You've got to settle down. You've got to see how your body responds."

The 29-year-old is on the books for a cap hit of just $12 million next year, the last year of his deal. Based on his production this season, the team likely will ask him to restructure if he returns, and it remains to be seen if that would be something he would even consider.

Now, we're all left just waiting.

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