New England Patriots fans appeared to get some good news Saturday night when ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported that Rob Gronkowski is pretty certain to return for the 2018 season.
Darlington also noted that the relationship between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick is strained and while it isn’t irreconcilable, it certainly appears the two have some issues that need to be worked out.
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Although New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is reportedly expected to return to his club for the 2018 season after considering retirement, a new report says things have been tense between the 28-year-old and his head coach. There has been friction between Gronkowski and Bill Belichick, along with other members of the Patriots this offseason, as the head coach is questioning whether his tight end is all in with the team, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
Gronkowski reportedly cited the large physical and mental toll of playing the position and role the Patriots have him in as reasons for retirement consideration. Coming back to the team, Gronkowski is aware he will be expected to Ferguson Jenkins Youth jersey fill the same role. Darlington adds that the tension could ease throughout the offseason if Belichick feels Gronkowski is showing a commitment to football. One caveat to the report is that Gronkowski is pretty certain he will return for his ninth season as long as Tom Brady is also back, which is expected to be the case.
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