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Report: Gronk expected to return to Patriots in 2018

Report: Gronk expected to return to Patriots in 2018

So, wrestling and action movies will have to wait?

The expectation is that the Patriots will have All-World tight end Rob Gronkowski back in 2018, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

It's been a whirlwind couple of days on the Gronk Watch. Amid cryptic tweets and speculation of Gronkowski giving up football at 28 for the WWE or acting, NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran revealed that the tight end had been unhappy since training camp and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald got a no comment on his future from his agents, the Rosenhaus brothers. 

Speaking on the NFL Network, Rapoport said that he has not heard from anyone who believes that Gronkowski will retire this offseason. 

"What I am told is he took several weeks off to kind of let loose and put football in the back of his mind and really kind of set himself free after football," Rapoport said Wednesday. "He did ponder retirement, he did discuss potentially moving to another venue, WWE for one, maybe Hollywood, but the belief now is that those things will come after his football career. 

"The belief now is that Gronkowski will continue his football career with the Patriots. I know that it was a difficult year physically for him, he certainly has been through a lot, but right now I have not talked to one person who believes Rob Gronkowski will retire. The expectation is he's back in a Patriots uniform in 2018." 

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Rob Gronkowski will not hold out and will attend training camp

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Rob Gronkowski will not hold out and will attend training camp

1:23 - According to reports, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not hold out and will be present for the start of training camp. Phil Perry joins Trenni Kusnierek and Gary Tanguay on Early Edition to discuss if the drama involving Gronk is over.

6:18 - Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will both become free agents at the end of the year. How will their contracts affect the Red Sox chances of trying to sign Mookie Betts to an extension? Evan Drellich breaks it all down.

10:25 - A. Sherrod Blakey joins DJ Bean and Danielle Trotta to talk about the Raptors being in the driver's seat to land Kawhi Leonard and how Leonard is potentially attending the Team USA mini-camp to showcase himself to teams interested in trading for him.

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Terrell Owens calls Brady and Belichick cheaters in Instagram video

Terrell Owens calls Brady and Belichick cheaters in Instagram video

Terrell Owens appears to still be upset over his Super Bowl XXXIX loss to the Patriots.

The former 49ers, Eagles, and Cowboys wide receiver, who was recently voted into the Hall Of Fame, called the Patriots cheaters in an Instagram story on Tuesday while trash talking former NBA star Sam Cassell. He specifically called out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

The Patriots defeated T.O.'s Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. Owens had nine receptions for 122 yards in the loss.

The 44-year-old is currently attempting a return to the game of football and is reportedly interested in playing in the CFL if an NFL comeback isn't an option.

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