Rob Gronkowski: New England Patriots tight end commits to 2018 season

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Just days after a bizarre press conference at Gillette Stadium, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his plans to return for the 2018 NFL season. 

After months of speculation and passive aggressive social media posts, Rob Gronkowski has confirmed that he is returning to the New England Patriots for the upcoming 2018 NFL season.

Ironically, the announcement comes after the All-Pro tight end basically thumbed his nose at head coach Bill Belichick and the entire organization during a press conference held at Gillette Stadium this past weekend.

Speaking to the media while promoting a Monster Energy Supercross event at Gillette Stadium, Gronkowski was asked about his status.  His answer was meant to be humorous, but was rather annoying.

"“My status is doing really great,” Gronk said, via the Boston Herald. “I’ve been riding bikes.  I’ve been training really hard.  I can vroom vroom really good.  I can ride that bike like no other.”"

It’s obvious with the comment that Gronkowski was using riding bikes as a metaphor for his skills on the football field.  Giving an answer of “maybe” when referring to actual football activities, the big tight end kept the speculation going.  He also sparked rumblings of a trade if he did return as his press conference antics didn’t serve as a good look.

Fast forward two days later and everything suddenly seems good at One Patriots Place.

That doesn’t mean the drama is over

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With Rob Gronkowski’s announcement coming just days before the 2018 NFL Draft, there is still a possibility of a trade.

If that is what both sides want, you better believe Bill Belichick would pull the trigger on a deal with no hesitation.  While it wouldn’t be a popular move, with the way Gronkowski has taken shots at Belichick, it wouldn’t be a shock.

In summary, until Rob Gronkowski inks a new deal with the New England Patriots, the tension will really never be over.  Unless, of course, the team ends the season by hoisting another Lombardi Trophy.

With the training Gronkowski announced he has been doing, it does appear his focus this upcoming season is finishing the job the team couldn’t finish in Super Bowl LII.

ironically, that 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles seemed to set all the offseason drama in motion.

Winning usually solves everything.