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Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Retired tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially on the clock.

Retired from pro football for the last eight months (and seemingly loving every second of it), the latest word from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is that Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it clear that to Gronkowski he wants to see the 30-year-old come out of retirement and rejoin the Patriots for the team’s playoff run.

From Rapoport:

Owner Robert Kraft walked up to him to say goodbye. According to sources, Kraft delivered a clear and concise message that would resonate for months.

Kraft told Gronkowski that he wants him to return for November, December, and a playoff run. If that happened, the team not only would welcome him back but would remain hopeful that it happens.
While Kraft has his hopes, it’s admittedly tough to see Gronkowski jumping back into the NFL given the pain he put himself through throughout his NFL career, as well as the obvious late start he’d have in terms of getting himself back in game-shape.

The deadline for Gronkowski to officially rejoin the Patriots is Nov. 30, which is one day before the team’s Week 13 primetime head-to-head with the Houston Texans.