Report: Rob Gronkowski ‘considered stepping away’ from NFL during camp
Rob Gronkowski’s NFL future is all but certain at this stage, with the New England Patriots tight end hinting that he will consider retirement this offseason. And now, comments from a prominent Patriots insider indicate that Gronkowski “considered stepping away” from the NFL all the way back during training camp.
Making matters worse, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran said on Monday night that Gronkowski “didn’t enjoy himself” this past season and that “a hell of an air-clearing” is needed within the Patriots organization.
“(Gronkowski) did not have a good time despite the fact his body was in a better situation than it’s been in a long time — ever maybe,” Curran said during a “Boston Sports Tonight” appearance Monday. “Despite the fact that he’s one of the most dominant players at any skill position, it’s starting to wear on him physically, mentally, the atmosphere in New England.”
Gronkowski allegedly had disagreements with Patriots brass during camp about training regimens, and Curran said the tight end was “pissed” over how things were going.
Rumors of internal strife within the Patriots organization came to light courtesy of a bombshell report from ESPN published in January. It would appear given Curran’s comments about the need for an “air-cleaning” that the issues go back at least as far as camp and may have had a trickle-down impact upon players, specifically Gronkowski.
“I don’t think that some of the principal players on this team were really happy with the atmosphere and the climate … they still need to have a hell of an air-clearing at Patriot Place to get these guys back,” Curran added concerning the perceived state of the Patriots toward the end of season.
The Patriots tight end, meanwhile, issued a series of cryptic tweets over the past several days, with speculation that Gronkowski is hinting at uncertainty concerning his NFL future. Whether that is the case remains to be seen, but Curran’s comments certainly do not bode well for the overall stability of the Patriots organization.