Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has seemingly kept the door open on returning to the NFL months now, but it looks like he’s finally made a decision.
When asked whether or not he plans to end retirement and come back to the field this season, Gronk stated he has no plans to resume his career this year.
“When I retired, I retired for a reason. It would be a no. There it is,” Gronkowski said Tuesday during an appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show.” “But I never say no, because I said no and everyone said, ‘He’s kidding.’ It’s a no. In my mind, that’s how it is – a no.”
The 30-year-old, who recently joined FOX Sports as an NFL analyst, went on to talk about what it would take to get him back on the field.
“I would have to be feeling it. … I’m enjoying myself right now. I don’t have that itch, and if I had that itch, I’d go back. … It would have to be a continuous itch,” he said.
“I see Tom (Brady) throw a nice touchdown pass, I’m like, ‘I wish that was me.’ But that’s a five-second itch. It has to be a long, continuous itch, like every day, every week.”
Last Thursday, Pats owner Robert Kraft dropped the news that Gronk had yet to officially file his retirement papers, which gave them hope they he might actually come back.
Meanwhile, the team made a move when they reportedly signed former New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson on Tuesday.
Patriots TE’s in 2019 have combined for nine catches, 169 receiving yards, and a touchdown after six weeks.