Will Rob Gronkowski Return If Tom Brady Calls?

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Rob Gronkowski looks on before a game against the Jets at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Last month, recently retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked to put speculation about a comeback to rest.

"Whatever I say it doesn't matter," Gronkowski told reporters. "It will always be crazy out there."

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The New England quarterback may not be the fastest on the field but he's pretty quick with a comeback.

Well, the rumors are certainly still out there - and speculation is increasing as the defending champs kick off training camp next Thursday.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a source close to Gronkowski pegs his chances of a comeback at 40 percent.

Florio says Gronkowski isn't thinking about football right now. He's 18 pounds lighter, enjoying life, and doesn't need the money, but it's possible the fan favorite will miss his teammates and the game once the season gets underway.

What else could persuade Gronk? An appeal from Tom Brady directly could make a difference - and it's believed coach Bill Belichick wouldn't be opposed to adding the future Hall of Fame player to his roster again.

Who could blame him?

WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman is the morning drive sports anchor and a multimedia journalist for the Marconi Award-winning WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030. Since joining the station in 2012, he's had the opportunity to cover multiple Super Bowls, Boston Marathons, and... Read more


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