New England Patriots

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Is Rob Gronkowski really retired?

It’s one of the biggest questions still surrounding the Patriots — especially after a tame swim in free agency and 2019 NFL Draft that came without a tight end drafted to New England — and was thrown Gronkowski’s way on the red carpet of the 2019 Billboard Music Awards earlier this week.

“I mess with people,” Gronkowski, who announced his retirement on Mar. 24, said. “I say ‘fake retired’ to half the people, I say I’m coming back next week. But yes, I’m actually retired. But I like to mess around and sometimes tell people I’m really not.”

That’s cool and all, but seriously, what about coming back?

“You never know. You mess around that much about it, I might convince myself [to come back],” Gronkowski admitted. “I kind of like it right now. I’m resting, recovering, feeling food, so it’s all going good.”

The Patriots probably wouldn’t mind Gronkowski convincing himself to come out of retirement, all things considered, as their tight end depth chart is full of hopes and prayers at the moment, with Austin Seferian-Jenkins at the top of that list.

Gronkowski caught 47 balls for 682 yards and three scores in 13 games last season.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.