Rumors of Rob Gronkowski returning to the New England Patriots never really left the grapevine. They believed that the tight end was just taking a sabbatical and was due to a return to the Pats in time for the Super Bowl.

However, Gronk has consistently shot down any rumors of him making an NFL comeback. He once again shot down the idea of his potential return on Sunday.

However, he still gave hopeful Patriots fans something to hold on to as he added this tidbit.

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“I wouldn't say ‘never coming back,'” said Gronk, via Complex. “I'm 30 years old. I'm young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I'm feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off, man,” Gronk said. “It's always an option in the back of my head. It's not like I'm not staying in shape and not doing anything. I'm never stressed over it.”

Gronk was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion. He spent his entire nine-year career with the Patriots, notching a total of 7,861 receiving yards and 79 touchdowns. He became one of Tom Brady's favorite targets and was a matchup nightmare for every team.

They definitely need his production, as they are struggling to win games they should be easily winning. Robert Kraft definitely hopes that his tight end will return, but it seems like he'll have to wait for the next offseason before Gronk considers ending his retirement.