Gronkowski vows to play in 2018

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The announcement came a day after Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, told ESPN that he expects the Patriots quarterback to play this season, quelling his own retirement speculation.

For the Patriots, it's a disaster averted. This return was met with a sigh of relief from fans and the team's staff alike, ensuring that a key component will be ready for yet another championship run.

The shoutout to Juicy J's track has been a popular hashtag for Gronkowski's Instagram posts and tweets.

Schefter also reported Gronkowski hadn't made an official decision on whether he would play. He has taken pay cuts in the past, and with his former back-up, Jimmy Garoppolo, who has started less National Football League games than Brady has started Super Bowl games, signing a five-year contract worth $137.5 million this offseason, it is completely understandable why Brady would want to get paid what he is worth.

Gronkowski is one of the Patriots' most formidable offensive weapons and a favorite target of quarterback Tom Brady.

If I had to guess at which signal caller the Patriots will take, I'll go with Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma St. I'm gonna keep working hard, and I'm excited for the 2018 season.

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When the team gathered in Foxboro last week for the start of the voluntary offseason workout program, Gronkowski was not present.

Gronkowski is widely considered to be one of the NFL's elite players and arguably the greatest tight end of all time. On Saturday, he further fueled that speculation by conducting an odd press conference during a Monster Energy Supercross event, which he was attending.

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With Gronk and Brady back on board, the Patriots will look to avenge their loss in Super Bowl LII next season.

Rapopport added that Gronkowski might not actually be back with the Patriots until their mandatory minicamp in June, unless his deal gets sweetened before then.