Even though Rob Gronkowski has said multiple times he's not playing this year, the story continues to stick around.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, when Gronkowski was cleaning out his locker after officially announcing his retirement in March, owner Robert Kraft went up to the tight end and said he wanted him back for the stretch run this year and the team would welcome it.
Kraft has seemed hopeful that it will happen, but it does not appear to be the case. The report adds Gronkowski has shown no signs of wanting to come back.
The deadline for him to return to the active roster is Nov. 30.
Gronkowski is enjoying life, as he's a spokesman for CBD Metic and also is doing some television work for FOX Sports.
The Patriots are currently on their bye week, but hold the best record in the AFC at 8-1.