Report: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to consider retirement again after playoffs

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on before the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It appears as if the Patriots may have to deal with another offseason full of Rob Gronkowski retirement rumors, as the Patriots tight end will reportedly consider his options once again after the playoffs.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Gronkowski will "strongly consider retirement after this year," according to people close to the Patriots tight end.

Rapoport said those close to Gronkowski are wondering "if he'll go the other way this time," after returning to the Patriots following last year's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.

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The Patriots are in the midst of a playoff run, as they advanced to the AFC title game to play the Chiefs Sunday.