Rob Gronkowski confirms he will play next season

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Rob Gronkowski announced in a Tuesday social media post that he will return for the 2018 season. "Looking forward to another championship run".

Brady said before the Patriots' Super Bowl loss that he would play next season but Schefter reported last week that Brady still hadn't committed to a return.

"Tom's intentions have not changed", Yee said on Monday, via ESPN. On Saturday, he further fueled that speculation by conducting an odd press conference during a Monster Energy Supercross event, which he was attending. "Guys that don't really spend the offseason working, and I am sure maybe he is, but you always worry about that injury". I can vroom-vroom really good. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at".

The Rob Gronkowski "retirement" tour is over.

Belichick was reportedly growing aggravated with Gronkowski and questioned whether he was "all in" after he reportedly considered retirement to pursue a career in acting. In other words, he has options outside of football, but he'll be spending at least one more season as a literally huge mismatch for opposing defenses. Gronkowski has two years and between $17 million and $19 million remaining on his contract depending on how many games he appears in.

Speaking on The Ringer's GM Street podcast, Mike Lombardi, a former Patriots executive and close friend of Bill Belichick, said he believes Gronkowski's actions have been all about money.

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