Adam Schefter on M&C: Rob Gronkowski's camp recently shopped 'decision show' to television networks

Ryan Hannable
March 25, 2019 - 10:33 am

Maybe we should have seen Rob Gronkowski's retirement coming.

Appearing on Mut & Callahan Monday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed a conversation he had a few weeks ago where he heard Gronkowski's people were shopping a "decision show" to television networks.

“The idea was kicked around that Gronk would have some sort of public television, or cable TV, PPV — I don’t know what form it would be. I don’t know the details, but I could tell you for a fact the idea was bandied about whether he would do something like this, announcing his retirement in a broadcast way where there would be a decision," he said. "It obviously never got legs. It never gained traction, but that idea was kicked about and the way it was described to me was he wants to do his retirement in a public way.

"That was the first sign a couple weeks back that I was like, ‘OK, I guess there’s a real chance he might not be playing again.’ I called people and they denied it to me, but I know those conversations occurred.”

Gronkowski officially announced his decision via Instagram on Sunday night.

Schefter also added there were certain people in the Patriots organization who expected Gronkowski to retire, even though an announcement had not yet been made.

The future Hall of Fame tight end played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Patriots and finished with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 80 total touchdowns.

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