That's reportedly on tap to happen again, but this time, he might actually retire.
According to a report by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Gronkowski, 29, is once again considering hanging up the spikes at the conclusion of this season, meaning Sunday's game against the Chargers may be his last at Gillette Stadium.More news: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to begin hunger strike over Iran prison treatment
Rapoport reported sources close to Gronkowski believe his decision this time "will go the other way". It was revealed that New England Patriots and Detroit Lions almost completed a deal last off-season to send Gronkowski to the Motor City and multiple reports indicate he would have retired rather than accept the deal. "Just 29 years old and financially set, Gronkowski almost retired last season rather than be traded to the Lions and finish his career elsewhere".
Gronkowski's numbers and production are significantly down this season. He's managed just 682 yards and 3 touchdowns in 13 games and has at times looked hampered by injury.More news: Woman Banned From Walmart After Riding Buggy, Drinking Wine From Pringles Can
He is feeling physically good entering Sunday's matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, but those close to him told Rapoport that this season has taken an emotional toll on him.
Rob Gronkowski once again did not play a major role in the passing game for the New England Patriots on Sunday, but to say his presence was felt would be an understatement.More news: Katie Boulter claims biggest win of career over Makarova