Ian Rapoport explains why Rob Gronkowski might retire following season

Ryan Hannable
January 13, 2019 - 7:39 am

It's a year later, but it is pretty much the same conversation when it comes to Rob Gronkowski.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the tight end will once again contemplate retirement after the season and "some people close to him believe Gronkowski's decision will go the other way."

Due to nagging ankle and back injuries, Gronkowski played in 13 games and just didn't look himself all year. He finished with 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns were tied for the fewest in any season.

The report adds the 29-year-old feels fine physically, but some believe the season has taken an emotional toll on him and contemplating retirement last offseason made it tough for him to get excited about playing this year. Some wonder how much he loves the game at this point.

Gronkowski and the Patriots will host the Chargers in the AFC divisional round Sunday afternoon.

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