Pats TE Gronkowski not thinking retirement

Pats TE Gronkowski not thinking retirement

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters Thursday he is not thinking about retirement after first broaching the subject following last season’s Super Bowl.”I haven’t been thinking about that at all,” Gronkowski said ahead of the Patriots’ regular-season finale against the New York Jets. “We’re on the last game. Going into Week 17, we’ve got the Jets. That’s all I’m really worried about as of now.”Following New England’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski would not commit to playing the 2018 season. The ensuing offseason was tumultuous for the 29-year-old, who was the subject of numerous trade rumors and skipped OTAs.Gronkowski reported to Patriots training camp, and the team restructured his contract to boost his potential 2018 earnings by $4.3 million. The star tight end is under contract at a base salary of $9 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent.The oft-injured Gronkowski has struggled to stay on the field yet again this season, catching 45 passes for 658 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. He has battled back and ankle injuries.

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