Rob Gronkowski. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Super Bowl Sunday's fast approaching between the Patriots and Rams, and it may be the last game of Rob Gronkowski's injury-plagued career, though that's not his focus right now.
"I love playing the game, and love being in the moment, so I would say after a long season, after the game, few weeks down the road, you sit back, you relax, you get some downtime, enjoyment time, and you just see where you wanna go with it," Gronk said.
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The Boston Globe's Ben Volin told WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman he isn't sure which way the Pats tight end will lean.
"We'll see if he needs a back surgery this offseason, or how his body's feeling," Volin said.
Volin said he doesn't think the Patriots will want him back at his current contract, which will pay him $10 million with $12 million in incentives.
"But I'm not completely convinced that they want him to retire and that he wants to retire," Volin said. "Maybe they say hey, we'll cut that in half, we'll give you $5 million, we'll give you a couple of million in incentives too, why don't you come back for another year? Obviously it's very much in play. He's been thinking about retirement, he said it openly last offseason. His body's taken a beating. If I had to place a bet, I would say that he does, but I'm definitely not closing the door, and I would not be surprised if he does in fact come back."
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman ( @AdamMKaufman ) reports