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Rob Gronkowski puts away retirement rumors, will return to Patriots in 2018

April 25, 2018 GMT

It’s official. New England Patriots tight end and former Arizona Wildcat Rob Gronkowski will return to the NFL for the 2018 season. Gronkowski announced his decision via Instagram after meeting with head coach Bill Belichick.

“I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run,” Gronkoswki said in the Instagram post.

I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run. #bandsamakeherdance A post shared by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on Apr 24, 2018 at 3:18pm PDT

Gronkowski’s future as an NFL player was a mystery since he entertained the thought of retiring after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. He also missed New England’s voluntary offseason workouts.

Rob Gronkowski said he was going to reflect on his future when asked if he’s considering retiring.He wouldn’t commit to returning in 2018. pic.twitter.com/ApdZKKMqyM — Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) February 5, 2018

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter, Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus also met with Belichick.

“It was very positive and Rob is committed,” Rosenhaus said.

Entering his ninth season in the NFL, Gronkowski is currently in a six-year, $54 million contract, which expires after this season so he’ll be a unrestricted free agent in 2019. But for now, the NFL will have another season of Gronkowski, which could mean a third straight trip to the Super Bowl for the Pats.