Rob Gronkowski will reportedly strongly consider retirement at season’s end


Rob Gronkowski will consider retiring at season’s end, according to an NFL Network report Sunday.

The Patriots tight end also considered retirement after the 2017 season and announced he would return during the 2018 draft. The possibility this could be Gronkowski’s final season was a a storyline throughout the season.

“People who know him do believe he will go the other way this year. In other words, there is a possibility, a strong possibility we’ve seen the last of Rob Gronkowski on the field after the Patriots are out of the playoffs, whenever that ends up being,’’ the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said.

Gronkowski has had a below-average season by his standards. In 13 regular-season games, he’s caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns, his lowest totals for each of those categories in a season in which he has played at least 10 games.

In late December, before the Patriots faced the Jets in Week 17, he was asked if he was considering retirement.

“I haven’t been thinking about that at all,’’ Gronkowski said.

He also said he was still enjoying football.

“I love the grind. I’m all-in,’’ he said, “I’ve been all-in all season no matter if it’s been up, if it’s been down, and I’m going to tell you this right now – I’m going to be all in for the rest of the year, no matter when it is, and that’s just my main focus, no matter how it goes.’’

The Patriots face the Chargers Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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