Former Patriots outside linebacker and current NFL Media analyst Willie McGinest was one of the first people to mention a possible return for Rob Gronkowski this coming season after he announced his retirement last March.
Appearing on Dale & Keefe Tuesday, McGinest didn't back down from what he said.
“Not at all," he said. "Not at all, especially when there is a huge need for him at the tight end position in New England right now. He’s been doing some other stuff all offseason. He’s been involved in marketing and doing a lot of things and having a lot of fun, but at the end of the day when you are feeling good, when you’re 100 percent and you’re away from the game and you’re watching the game, and there’s an opportunity for you to come back and play, I think you take advantage of that.
"I think at some point he is going to revisit playing with the Patriots.”
As of now, the Patriots have just two tight ends on the active roster in Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo with Benjamin Watson and Lance Kendricks currently suspended.
Gronkowski recently held a press conference to announce a partnership with CDBMetric.