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Rob Gronkowski's agent won't rule out a potential return sometime in 2019

Rob Gronkowski's agent won't rule out a potential return sometime in 2019

UPDATE: Rosenhaus doubled-down on his statements in an appearance on ESPN's Get Up. Per Mike Reiss, Rosenhaus said that he "wouldn't be shocked if [Gronk] came back to play a few games." Here's the full statement Rosenhaus made about Gronk's return.

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The New England Patriots suffered a blow to their offense on Sunday afternoon when star tight end Rob Gronkowski elected to retire. Gronk, 29, was one of the best tight ends in NFL history and one of Tom Brady's top weapons for the past decade.

While the Patriots' offense may be in a tough position without Gronk, there is a silver lining. There is a small possibility that he could return to the team.

In an interview with ProFootballTalk's Peter King, Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wouldn't rule out a return at some point in 2019. Still, per King, "There's nothing to indicate a return to football now," which makes sense given that Gronkowski just announced his retirement.

It could make sense for Gronkowski to return later in the season or perhaps just for a postseason run with the Patriots. After all, he has been highly productive in the playoffs, logging 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 postseason contests. And returning later in the season would keep him from taking as many hits and guarantee he would be healthy late in the year.

But without assurance from Gronkowski that he will return, the Patriots won't be able to rely on that possibility.

The Patriots are thin at tight end in the wake of Gronkowski's retirement, so expect them to address the position soon. They recently made an aggressive run at Jared Cook in free agency and have expressed interest in several of the top tight ends in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

While his teammates were at OTAs this week at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady, who skipped them for the second year in a row, had a few Patriots around his place for private workouts.

On social media, Brady posted pictures of himself working out with teammate Julian Edelman and more significantly, Patriots first-round pick, wide receiver N'Keal Harry of Arizona State.

ESPN's Field Yates and Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith identified the player with his back to the camera waiting for a pass as Harry, who told reporters Thursday at OTAs that he had yet to speak to Brady personally and had only communicated with him through social media. That's obviously changed the past few days. Harry had said this week he was excited to "learn from the best." 

Offseason workouts in Foxboro continue Wednesday and Thursday and mandatory minicamp is June 4-6. July training camp dates have yet to be announced. 

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Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

The Patriots' first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft soon will be put in his first high-pressure situation in New England.

N'Keal Harry is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium on Friday, May 31 before the Pawtucket Red Sox's matchup against the Syracuse Mets.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver will take photos with fans on the main concourse at McCoy from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Harry has Patriots fans waiting anxiously to see how he'll gel with his new quarterback, Tom Brady. The Arizona State product has been impressive early on in OTAs and has some believing he'll have an immediate impact in his rookie year.

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