Was Rob Gronkowski saving his best for last?
After recording nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, the Patriots tight end was non-committal about his football future.
When asked if he is considering retiring, Gronkowski told reporters: “I don’t know how you heard that, but I mean I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I’m going to sit down the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”
The former Arizona Wildcat will only be 29 at the start of the 2018 season, but he has dealt with a litany of injuries throughout his career, including a head injury he suffered in the AFC Championship Game that nearly kept him out of the Super Bowl.
When healthy, Gronkowski can still play at an unmatchable level, hauling in 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdown in 14 regular-season games in 2017. But stepping away from football would undoubtedly be best for his long-term health.
Gronkowski has already had multiple back surgeries (one of which caused him to miss his junior year at Arizona) and has missed several games because of injuries to his forearm, ACL, MCL, thigh, lung, head, and hamstring.
That said, Gronkowski is scheduled to make nearly $23 million over the next two seasons, which could complicate his decision.
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