Just a few days ago, former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sounded pretty definitive when asked if his retirement was for real.
"Whatever I say it doesn't matter. It'll always be crazy out there," he explained to reporters at Gillette Stadium. "You can put 'em to rest. I'm feeling good."
Not so fast, though, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman. In his report, he indicates that league sources believe we haven't seen the last of the 30-year-old.
"Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made a public appearance recently and said he was done with football," Freeman wrote. "What I can tell you is a few people, including sources on the Patriots, believe that. The belief is that once the season gets going, and Gronkowski starts missing football, he will rejoin the team. It's not just a hunch, sources say; you can count on it."
Gronk has reiterated that he intends on not playing in 2019, but it wouldn't be a shock if he decided to return. The Patriots' current bunch of tight ends is less than inspiring, with Ben Watson recently suspended for the first four games of the season and Austin Seferian-Jenkins cut on the first day of minicamp.
If Gronkowski does return at some point in the season, it probably wouldn't come as a shock to many across the league. One of those who hasn't bought Gronk's retirement is Jamal Adams.
In early April during the Jets' uniform unveiling, the defensive back was straight to the point when asked about Gronk's retirement.
"He'll be back, he'll be back. He ain't fooling me."
Whether or not the future Hall of Famer does indeed suit up again remains to be seen. The speculation, though, will probably continue.