Rob Gronkowski confirms he will be returning to Patriots in 2018

Arnold Nichols
April 25, 2018

Gronkowski announced via his Instagram account Tuesday that he'll play in 2018, Zack Cox of reports.

Gronkowski had fueled the speculation he could walk away from the sport after telling reporters at the Super Bowl he meant to "look at my future for sure".

Rob Gronkowski has caught 76 touchdown passes in eight seasons with New England. He made it official on Tuesday, as the former Arizona Football tight end will delay retirement for at least one more year.

"Tom's intentions have not changed", Yee said on Monday, via ESPN. "I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great". On Saturday, he further fueled that speculation by conducting an odd press conference during a Monster Energy Supercross event, which he was attending. "Looking forward to another championship run", Gronkowski said.

Retirement speculation has swirled around Gronkowski since he vowed to "sit down" and contemplate his future in the wake of New England's Super Bowl LII downfall.

Still, Brady's return in 2018 was expected for the most part, and Yee's statement makes clear that that is still likely the case.

Considering the uncertainty with his long-term future, the Patriots could be in position to add another tight end. His contract expires after the 2019 season, although Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed concerns about that element during a recent interview with Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

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