Former Patriots star is dropping hints like crazy

Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is dropping hints that some big news could be coming soon. During the Fox pregame show Sunday, Gronkowski said the Dallas Cowboys “could use a tight end like myself.”

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Gronkowski is likely joking with that statement, but when pressed about his situation, Gronkowski says “you never know.”

The 30-year-old Gronkowski added, “with the stories these days, you don’t know where I’m going to be playing.”

Last week, it was reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft told Gronk he wants him back for a playoff run.

And yet, Gronkowski is giving people a reason to write those stories. He teased a big announcement that he’s going to make Tuesday.

While it’s easy to assume Gronkowski is returning to football, it’s far more likely Gronkowski will announce a new ad campaign, sponsorship or event. Cowboys fans — and fans of other NFL teams — shouldn’t get too excited about Gronk coming back just yet.

Since Gronkowski retired in the offseason, rumors persist that he could return to football. Gronkowski seems content in retired life, though he’s never fully closed the door on a return. When asked, he mostly says “you never know.”

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 09: Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowksi of the New England Patriots look on after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox home opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts alongside Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Patriots Julian Edelman (#11) and Visanthe Shiancoe (#80) celebrate with tight end Rob Gronkowski (#87) following his third quarter 24 yard touchdown reception as the New England Patriots hosted the Indianapolis Colts in a regular season NFL game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23: Julian Edelman #11 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots react during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 10: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrates with Julian Edelman after Edelman threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots talks with Julian Edelman #11 against the Indianapolis Colts of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrate after Gronkowski scored a 22 yard touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 1: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrates New England's victory with Julian Edleman at right. The Seattle Seahawks played the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrate against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
4/23/15 - The White House- Washington DC President Barack Obama welcomes 2015 SuperBowl Champions, The New England Patriots to the White House. Robert Kraft, Owner, Bill Belichick, Head Coach and players Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski,and Devin McCourty answer questions from reporters after the ceremony. photos by: Christy Bowe- ImageCatcher News (Photo by ImageCatcher News Service/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01: Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola attend Black Rock Thoroughbreds Presents 5th Annual Fillies & Stallions Sponsored By Red Bull And Tito's Vodka on May 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates his third touchdown of the game with Julian Edelman #11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Julian Edelman #11 after Gronkowski's second touchdown of the game in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter with Julian Edelman #11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates his first quarter touchdown with Julian Edelman #11 against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 20: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, tosses the ball to wide receiver Julian Edelman who was throwing passes as the Patriots held an afternoon practice at the practice field at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sept. 20, 2016. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 29: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots talks to Rob Gronkowski #87 during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 29, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with teammate New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after he makes a touchdown catch during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 25, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 9: New England Patriots' Julian Edelman, left, and Rob Gronkowski hold up Lombardi Trophies during pre-game ceremonies. Both the Patriots and the Boston Red Sox celebrated 2018 championship seasons. The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in their home opener for the 2019 MLB season at Fenway Park in Boston on April 9, 2019. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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At 30, Gronkowski is still young, and he could put up strong numbers if healthy. But he may no longer want to put his body at risk. Shortly after his retirement, Gronkowski got emotional when discussing how much punishment he took during his career.

Gronkowski probably isn’t going to announce he’s joining the Cowboys on Tuesday. Everything about his tease screams new ad campaign or brand-related event.

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