Ever since Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement last March, there's been speculation the tight end could return as early as this season.
Given the Patriots' offensive struggles, that buzz has re-surfaced over the last few weeks, especially when Gronkowski himself hasn't completely shut down the possibility of him one day returning.
Many have said Tom Brady could be one to convince the tight end to return, but appearing The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, the Patriots quarterback indicated that is something he won't be doing.
“Look, I love that guy. I am so happy that he’s enjoying his time. I am happy that he’s enjoying his life." Brady said. "He seems to really be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him. I want what is best for him. He’s the only person that can make those decisions. I don’t lobby for those things.
"I have a great relationship with him. He has given actually a hell of a lot to our team already over the course of a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he’s brought to the team and what he’s brought to the region. I think he’s a very special guy. He’s just in a different phase of his life.”
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With the trade deadline approaching, Brady was asked if he has any input into personnel decisions, but he said he focuses solely on playing quarterback.
"I have said this before, the one position I am in is (Bill Belichick) and I always talk football," Brady said. "We have built a relationship for 20 years about our team and when he asks I certainly have opinions and so forth, but like I have said before, that is not my role. I think there is part of me that -- from my standpoint, I am a player. I am a player like everyone else. I am not in a position where I make authoritative decisions, so you can't become attached to making authoritative decisions because then you just get disappointed when those things are out of your control.
"For me, when you are in a position to make those authoritative decisions then that is what your job is. My job is to do what I do, which is to try and play quarterback, realizing a lot those decisions do impact the way I play quarterback, but I also have a lot of trust that our organization is trying to win games, too. I would say it has worked. We've had a great relationship for 20 years. We'll just try to keep doing the best -- I am going to keep doing the best I can do and try and be the person I am to help us win in whatever role that they ask me to. That hasn't changed from 20 years ago."