New England Patriots

Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Retirement looks good on the always-smiling Rob Gronkowski.

But there’s a 40 percent chance that the ex-Patriots tight end could come out of retirement once the fun truly starts on the 2019 NFL season, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

From Pro Football Talk:

For now, Gronk isn’t thinking about football. He’s enjoying his life, he doesn’t need the money, and he’s having a blast. The question becomes whether Gronkowski misses his teammates and/or the games after August becomes September. While he won’t miss dealing with training camp and the preseason, he could miss the game once they start playing games that count.

Florio went on to mention that there’s one thing that could potentially bring Gronk out of retirement: a call from Tom Brady.

The 42-year-old Brady has been completely supportive of Gronkowski’s decision to retire, but the two did get together for a practice session of sorts at UCLA last week.

Given Brady’s commitment to winning championships until he calls it quits, a slow start from the New England offense could prompt No. 12 to hit up Robbie G, the one and only.

PFT also mentioned that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would not be against a Gronkowski return, saying that he’s been supportive of Gronkowski, and that there’s been a noticeable “softening” from the 67-year-old coach.

The 6-foot-6 Gronkowski totaled 521 catches for 7,861 yards, and 79 touchdowns in 115 NFL games, all with the Patriots. His 79 touchdowns are the most in Pats history, and he left the game ranked No. 4 on the club’s all-time receptions list, trailing just Stanley Morgan for the most receiving yards in franchise history.