Since the New England Patriots fell short in Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles, there has continued to uncertainty surrounding All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski's future in the NFL. He had aired some skepticism around the notion of it being a guarantee that he would be back next season while eyeing a few weeks to mull over his decision.
There has been much of his camp about what he will ultimately choose to do regarding his playing future in the month following the Super Bowl. According to Peter King of the Monday Morning Quarterback, there has yet to be any clarity in regards to what the 28-year-old will do.
Gronkowski is still under contract through the 2019 season, as he still has two years left on his six-year, $54 million extension with $19 million left in both base salary and bonuses.The Patriots have put plenty of stock in him remaining a huge piece of the puzzle over the next several seasons. This is especially the case after he's coming off another highly productive year where he led the team with 69 receptions (69), 1,084 receiving yards (1,084), and eight touchdowns that earned him a Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro nod.
There had been reports that Gronkowski was leaning toward returning next season, but this latest development puts the entire situation back to square one with no clear answer as to what will unfold. He is still clearly one of the league's best tight ends and his presence on the field provides a significant boost to the Patriots' offense.
Regardless of what he decides to do, the team is prepared with a feasible backup plan with Martellus Bennett expected to remain with the team. New England is expected to pick up his $2 million roster bonus on March 14 to keep him aboard in the second year of his three-year, $21 million deal. In due time, there will be a decision from Gronkowski that will finally resolve his NFL future.