Willie McGinest offers interesting Rob Gronkowski theory where he retires, but decides to play in middle of 2019 season

By WEEI 93.7

It's been nearly a month and a half since the Super Bowl and Rob Gronkowski still hasn't announced his plans for 2019.

Even his agent Drew Rosenhaus said he doesn't know what his client will do during an appearance on ESPN's NFL Live Monday afternoon.

Appearing Tuesday night on NFL Network, former Patriots defensive end and current NFL Media analyst, Willie McGinest had an interesting take on what could potentially happen.

“I think Gronk is going to take a break for awhile," he said. "I don’t think he’s going to initially start and come back. I think he’s going to figure it out later on. This is just my own assessment, later on, deep in the season he could possibly come back and play.”

So, he wants to skip training camp and then he'll decide to play?

“I don’t think he’s going to play. I think he’s going to start out the season being retired," he said. "I think he’s going to get the itch. I think he’s going to be in great shape and he’s probably going to have that feeling that, ‘Hey, I want to come back.’”

McGinest added: “I think he’s going to let his body heal up. I think mentally he’s not football right now. Like, ‘I am not ready to put on the pads and get ready for football.’ … He still loves football. I just think right now after winning a Super Bowl, after all the hard work and everything he went though, I don’t think he starts the season playing football at all.”

According to this theory, Gronkowski will retire, but then during the 2019 season realize he misses the game and want to return. It would be interesting to see what would happen if that were to be the case, and if the Patriots would take him back.

Gronkowski will turn 30 years old in May and has one year remaining on his contract where he has a base salary of $9 million.

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