Last year, Gronkowski nearly retired from the NFL rather than be traded to the Lions. Gronkowski later explained that he wouldn’t catch passes from another quarterback not named Tom Brady.
Beyond that, Gronkowski has dealt with injuries this year to his ankle and back this year and has had a tough time being as effective as he’s been in prior years.
Rapoport notes that Gronkowski is in the midst of his worst statistical season since his rookie year and currently has the fewest touchdowns (3) he’s ever had, the fewest 20+-yard catches (8), the fewest yards per game (52.5 yards) since 2010.
Sources who know Gronkowski have told Rapoport that this season has taken an emotional toll on him. In fact, some wonder how much he loves it.
Gronkowski, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2010. He is in the sixth year of his eight-year, $55.23 million contract that included $13.17 million guaranteed.
In 2018, Gronkowski has appeared in 13 games for the Patriots and recorded 47 receptions for 682 yards receiving (14.5 YPC) and scored three touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Gronkowski as the news is available.