Rob Gronkowski hasn’t been retired 24 hours, and we already have our first speculation on whether he could come back.
And not just from some yo-yo on Twitter either. It was Gronk’s agent who floated the idea.
NBC’s Peter King spoke with agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represented the New England Patriots tight end for his career, and King had a very interesting note to pass along.
“So that’s it … or is it? Rosenhaus said it wouldn’t shock him if Gronkowski decided to come back sometime in 2019. We’ll see. There’s nothing to indicate a return to football now.”
That last line is a hoot. And that’s not a knock on King, by the way. It just seems like a sign of the times when we must qualify a player’s retirement by suggesting mere hours later that there’s no indication he is immediately going to change his mind.
But there was a second quote from Rosenhaus on ESPN:
Drew Rosenhaus on @GetUpESPN on Rob Gronkowski’s future: “If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games.”
Gronkowski’s legacy is unique and singular, so he certainly doesn’t need to come back. He’s almost a mortal-lock Hall of Famer despite never playing a snap at the age of 30 or older. He turns the big three-oh on May 14.
The Patriots will arrive at training camp with new faces at tight end and wide receiver, a few of them likely to be rookies. None will be as impactful as Gronk. Josh Gordon certainly can’t be counted on. Julian Edelman is great but might not be able to shoulder the load without some serious help.
Maybe the Patriots get off to a slow start, or maybe Tom Brady is having a tough time finding open receivers. Maybe he places a call to his bro.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (R) celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos with quarterback Tom Brady during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (L) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of their NFL football game in Miami, Florida September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 14: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (#87) is met by QB Tom Brady after his 1st touchdown in the 1st quarter - New England's 2nd touchdown. The New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2011. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 24: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrates his 6-yard touchdown reception with teammate Tom Brady during third quarter action against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 7: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady are pumped following their first quarter touchdown connection. The New England Patriots visited the Miami Dolphins for a season opening regular season NFL game at Sun Life Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots talks to Tom Brady #12 during a huddle during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 18: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to teammate Rob Gronkowski after the game was in hand against the Indianapolis Colts during late fourth quarter action during the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on January 18, 2015. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 1: The Patriots Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady celebrate together after they hooked up for a fourth quarter touchdown pass. The New England Patriots hosted the Denver Broncos in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Rob Gronkowski #87 (L) and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrate while holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: NFL players Tom Brady (L) and Rob Gronkowski attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrate their fourth quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 15, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 16: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with Rob Gronkowski after his touchdown in the third quarter. The New England Patriots host the Cincinnati Bengals in a regular season NFL football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots hugs Tom Brady #12 after the New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left; head coach Bill Belichick, center; and Rob Gronkowski during the rally in City Hall Plaza following the Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 3: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tackles teammate Rob Gronkowski after Gronkowski stole Brady's jersey at the mound for pregame ceremonies, where Brady threw out the first pitch, on Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston on Apr. 3, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 13: New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, left, takes a breather at the end of a drill as he walks near quarterback Tom Brady, right, during practice at the Gillette Stadium practice field in Foxborough, MA on Jun. 13, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Could it happen? Oh, sure. And we suspect Gronk isn’t just going to let himself go completely. This would seem like a gym-tan-laundry kind of guy who still could live in the gym five or more days a week.
We’ve seen what Gronk returning from injury has done to ignite previous Patriots offenses in the past, so it certainly would make sense from the team’s perspective. And it’s possible that he misses it all: the camaraderie, the competition, getting yelled at by Bill Belichick. It’s a void that’s hard to fill.
But given that Gronkowski clearly has been thinking about this decision for years now — and King spoke with former Gronk teammate Dwayne Allen, who said he’s been talking about the idea since last season — it feels like he might actually be gone for good.
Don’t expect this to turn into a Favre-ian #GronkWatch type of situation.
What Gronk might really do instead
For what it’s worth, betonline.ag has some odds on what Gronk’s next career choice might be — you know, before the possible comeback. You can wager on Rob’s job:
Fight in WWE 3/2
NFL Commentator 2/1
Host a Podcast 5/1
Play in NFL 10/1
Play in AAF 33/1
Play in XFL 33/1
Male Stripper 50/1
Play in CFL 50/1
As tempting as the stripper and Canada bets are, we can probably shift our focus to one of the first three options. Wresting and acting have always been the assumptions.
But at 10/1 odds, you might as well throw a few bucks on the comeback to the NFL. Sure, this could be an agent who wants his 3 percent of $10 million talking, but it also could be an indication that his client might day suffer from a fear of missing out.
Related: See Gronk and Camille Kostek together:
Rob Gronkowski and girlfriend Camille Kostek together
Rob Gronkowski and girlfriend Camille Kostek together
You motivate me to be better, you show me that limits can be pushed and that challenges make you stronger. If you ask me, you’re the best to ever do it. There is nothing like the thrill of watching you play. I love you with all my heart, you allow me to take the term “proud girlfriend” to a new level. For all the people that have come up to us to tell you they are your biggest fan, I quietly smile because I know I’m yours 😉 and I will continue to root you on in all that you do ❤️💙 WE LOVE YOU PATS NATION & @patriots !!!! #retirement #87 #HallOfFamer
back with my baby 💃🏼🕺🏼
Camila y Roberto encantan estar en el mar
was being selfish in my last post. Here we go
tastes like a champion
Can’t express how proud I am of this guy. Now LFG #SUPERBOWL53
A great birthday weekend in Jamaica with my Jamaican baby! #zipline #ropeswing #bandz #activation
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM US TO YOU!!!!! Xoxox
The holidays are best spent with the people you love the most 🖤 Thankful to be surrounded by so much love and light in my life. Off to squeeze my family extra tight now!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all🍁🍽!!! Wishing you happiness and health this holiday season!
happy birthday to my boyfriend, @jimmyfallon 🎈
watching you practice is cool, but the end is my favorite part #onfieldkisses #yousweatybutyoucute 💙❤️ shoutout to my sexy photog @jessiejamesdecker 😘 welcome to #PatsNation 🏈
my sweet boy #BackInBUF #handsomeshometown
Another successful White Party benefiting @friendsofcarly ❤️ Rob tried to keep up with my dance moves and ended up completely ripping his pants open in the front.... this was our idea of covering it up best for a pic 💃🏼🕺🏼#CarlysClub #forthekids #Buffalo
🐎 GO GRONK GO 🐎🐎🐎 #87 on the field #6 on the track #BelmontStakes #StyledbyJo
happy birthday stud 🎈love you long time
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 14: NFL player Rob Gronkowski and girlfriend Camille Kostek arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)