What’s next for Rob Gronkowski? If he knows, he’s not saying a word.
The Patriots tight end was asked what his plans were for the 2019 season, but Gronkowski said he’s only focused on this Sunday’s game against the Jets.
“I haven’t been thinking about that at all,” Gronkowski told the media Thursday. “We’re on the last game. We’re in Week 17. We’ve got the Jets, and that’s all I’m really worried about as of now.”
#Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says he’s not thinking about next season.
Focus is the #Jets and playoffs.
“I’m all in.I’ve been all in all season. No matter if it’s been up.If it’s been down.And I’m going to tell you this right now, I’m going to be all in for the rest of the year.” pic.twitter.com/dSwXdMlB9L
— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) December 27, 2018
Gronkowski, 29, has missed three games this season due to back and ankle injuries. He hasn’t been as productive, posting 45 catches for 658 yards and only three touchdowns.
When asked if he thinks he has the longevity of 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, who said he wants to play beyond 2019, Gronkowski reiterated he isn’t making those plans.
“We haven’t thought about that. I haven’t thought about that,” Gronkowski said. “We’ve got this big game Sunday still and the playoffs after. That’s the last thing that is on my mind right now. I love the grind. I’m all in. I’ve been all in all season, no matter if it’s been up, if it’s been down, and I’m going to tell you this right now: I’m going to be all in for the rest of the year no matter when it is. That’s just my main focus. No matter how it goes.”
It’s the latest in the saga surrounding Gronkowski’s playing time. Last season, he publicly mulled retirement after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. Reports then came out that New England wanted to trade Gronkowski to the Lions, which prompted Gronkowski to threaten retirement before he was traded.
The Patriots (10-5) will host the Jets (4-11) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.