Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he'll play in 2018

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he'll play in 2018

Under the catagory of "will he or won't he", Tom Brady's agent says he fully expects his client to return for the 2018 season.

Despite having matchups against the Steelers, the Packers, the Vikings and the Jaguars, the Pats' easy road to the playoffs is because of the AFC East. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid-40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level". On Saturday, he further fueled that speculation by conducting an odd press conference during a Monster Energy Supercross event, which he was attending.

In contrast to his recently aloof and over-the-top behavior, including an interesting exchange with the media at Gillette Stadium during a motocross event just days ago, Gronkowski kept his comments short and to the point, saying he had met with coach Bil Belichick and made a decision to play.

"My status is doing really great", Gronkowski said (via the Boston Herald).

A source told Schefter that Gronkowski will not be traded this season. Asked about the possibility of retirement, he said with a smirk, "It depends how my racing skills go today".

The announcement allows members of Patriots Nation to take a deep breath - yes, there was speculation following the Super Bowl that Gronkowski would retire and pursue other opportunities. "I'm just going to sit down, reflect on the season, probably talk to my teammates".

By now everyone knows what Rob Gronkowski has been up to this offseason, most recently not attending the start of the Patriots offseason workout program and then holding a freaky press conference at Gillette Staduium before a Monstor MotorCross event where he seemingly mocked the program as a whole.

There have seen a number of reports saying Belichick was growing aggravated with Gronkowski and questioned whether he was "all in" after he reportedly considered retirement to pursue a career in acting.

At this time, it is unknown if Gronkowski's return will be accompanied by a contract extension. In the meantime, he'll likely be advised by the team to stay off dirt bikes.

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