MINNEAPOLIS – There has been a lot of speculation about this week about the futures of some pretty important Patriots. That centered around coach Bill Belichick and to a lesser extent Tom Brady.
But after the Patriots bitter 41-33 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, it was Rob Gronkowski who made a little news with regards to his future.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk sent out a tweet in the hours leading up to the game saying that it would "not shock me" if Gronkowski retired after the game. It was preceded by a disclaimer saying it was probably "99 percent" speculation, but the tweet led to questions nonetheless, and the All-Pro tight end did nothing to shoot it down.
"I'm definitely going to look at my future for sure," Gronkowski said after wondering aloud how the story "got out there" so quickly. "I'll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."
So while various reports speculated that Belichick could hang up his whistle after the season, it was Gronkowski talking about the end after the game. He finished with nine catches for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it wasn't enough.
Now the questions during the offseason will be, will there be more?