Gronk may still be set to bow out

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - — Mark Fis­cher

Rob Gronkowski laughed off a mid-sea­son Daily News back page sug­gest­ing the Pats tight end’s ca­reer was over.

Turns out re­tire­ment may truly be in his fu­ture as Gronkowski is said to be con­sid­er­ing hang­ing it up, again, ac­cord­ing to NFL.com.

“And some peo­ple close to him be­lieve Gronkowski’s de­ci­sion will go the other way,” the Sun­day re­port read ahead of the Pats-Charg­ers AFC di­vi­sional round clash.

Gronkowski, whom The Daily News’ Man­ish Me­hta called a shell of his for­mer self in Novem­ber, lead­ing to that con­tentious “Weak end at Gronkie’s” back page, suf­fered one of the worst sea­sons of his ca­reer after al­most step­ping away from the game.

The 29-year-old gen­er­a­tional tal­ent amassed just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touch­downs as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors no longer needed to shape their game plan around the oft­in­jured star.

Now it seems Bill Belichick and Tom Brady (who will likely play for­ever) may not be able to prop him up much longer.

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Rob Gronkowski hauls in 3rd-quar­ter pass Sun­day.

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