Rob Gronkowski Ineligible To Return In 2019

It’s officially official. Rob Gronkowski is no longer eligible to return to the NFL in 2019, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

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The tight end’s deadline to return to action was on Saturday, the last business day before a Week 13 game. After that date, players on the reserve list are no longer able to apply for reinstatement for the current season.

Of course, the door remains open for Gronkowski to play after the 2019 season. After the Super Bowl, Gronkowski can file the paperwork needed to come out of retirement, if he chooses.

Gronkowski retired in the offseason, but the will he/won’t he questions have persisted throughout the year. The longtime Patriots star has expressed doubts about suiting up again, only to crack the door open soon after.

I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,’” Gronkowski said in November. “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. It’s always an option in the back of my head.”

All we know for now is this: Gronkowski will not join Tom Brady & Co. in 2019, but he could get back with the band next year, if he wants. For now, the Patriots are doing alright without him. Even after Sunday’s loss to the Texans, the Pats are 10-2 and in the mix for yet another Super Bowl run.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. DarkSide830

    this poor man is clearly happy with his choice and yet people continue to speculate on him. he’s almost the anti-Kap at this point. one one end you have the guy frantic to play but with no one wanting to sign him, and on the other is Gronk, who has seemingly no desire to play, but everyone wants him to.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I think an anti-Kap would probably be someone who does cartwheels instead of taking a knee. I’m indifferent to whether either one makes a return to the NFL but it would be fun to see them go to Hollywood and crank out a GRONKINATOR movie.

      • And so is Kaepernick. 4-1 interception ratios (16-4) are pretty popular among head coaches. As are quarterbacks who hold the league rushing record for the position in a single game (a playoff game at that).

  2. goldenmisfit

    No doubt the minute the deadline expired Roger Goodelle with popping champagne bottles.

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