Gronk Announces He Will Play in 2018

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Gronkowski finished with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games for the Patriots last season.

However, the soon-to-be 29-year-old made his intentions official as he met with coach Bill Belichick and announced he would play in the 2018 season.

Although Rob Gronkowski said he's returning for 2018, the Pats could also look to draft his potential replacement. "I just feel like I do it differently". "Looking forward to another championship run".

Gronkowski started rumors by talking about retiring following the Pats' Super Bowl loss.

Only two of New England's 16 opponents next season are projected to go above.500: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

Most of his earnings come from his National Football League contract, signing a six-year extension deal with the Patriots in 2012 for $54 million (£38.8 million), the largest contract ever for a tight end in National Football League history.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronk's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was also in the meeting with Belichick on Tuesday.

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Rob Gronkowski isn't leaving the gridiron for the big screen, the squared circle or the dirt-bike track.

Gronkowski, who has undergone three back surgeries in his career, in addition to procedures on his knee and forearm, said after the Super Bowl that concussions would not be the reason for him to retire.

Nevertheless, the Patriots foundation is in place - at least for this season.

The Patriots now have one less question mark going into the NFL Draft this weekend, and Brady has his favorite target back as well.

One can only assume that the Patriots will do right by Brady, arguably considered to be the greatest to ever play his position.

This draft is full of value running backs who can be drafted in the middle rounds and Hines seems like a solid fit for New England.