Rob Gronkowski

Tom Brady has a message for Patriots fans about Rob Gronkowski's possible return

Tom Brady has a message for Patriots fans about Rob Gronkowski's possible return

Tom Brady has a very large platform to pitch Rob Gronkowski on an NFL comeback.

But the New England Patriots quarterback would rather not make that pitch publicly.

In an interview Monday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Brady said he's not pushing for Gronkowski to return to the Patriots following his retirement in March.

"I love that guy. I am so happy he's enjoying his time," Brady said, via WEEI.com. "I'm happy that he's enjoying life. He seems to be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him and I want what is best for him. He’s the only person that can make those decisions. I don't lobby for those things."

Gronk has been active in retirement, partnering with a company that sells CBD-based pain relief medications and this past week joining FOX as an NFL analyst. The 30-year-old hasn't completely ruled out an NFL return, though, and stayed in shape this past offseason by working out at least once with his former QB.

Brady is aware of all the Gronk speculation, but believes Patriots fans should appreciate what the tight end did in New England rather than fret over if he's coming back.

"He has given actually a hell of a lot to our team already over the course of a long period of time," Brady added, "and I think people should be very appreciative for what he’s brought to the team and what he’s brought to the region.

"I thik he's a very special guy. He's just in a different phase of his life."

If Gronkowski is interested in returning at some point, Brady likely will be among the first to reach out to him. But the Patriots QB seems to support whatever path his former tight end chooses.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Pats are 6-0 and a surprising discovery about the NBA

That 617 Life Podcast: Pats are 6-0 and a surprising discovery about the NBA

The 617 Life crew of Shanda Foster, Cerrone Battle and Leroy Irvin react to the undefeated Patriots dispatching the Giants and something surprising about the NBA and NFL.

2:50 - The crew react to the Patriots win over the New York Giants, Antonio Brown expressing his desire to return to the Patriots and they discuss Rob Gronkowski's much talked about on-air debut as an NFL analyst

10:48 - Cold Cuts and Hot Takes: Cerrone goes off about the strength of the Patriots schedule and how fans waited until they were 6-0 to start pointing out how easy the schedule has been.

19:48 - Leroy and Cerrone reveal the surprising truth they discovered about the NBA and the NFL

34:03 - Shanda Sounds Off: Shonda covers several topics including the XFL, Ewa Brodnicka's crazy weigh in and what you missed from the Lakers/Nets China game

42:15 - Playa's Call - Cerrone, Shanda and Leroy each give their weekly shoutouts.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What do Pats need and what can they offer as trade deadline approaches?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What do Pats need and what can they offer as trade deadline approaches?

The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29 and the Patriots, despite their 6-0 start, appear to have plenty of needs on offense  - wide receiver? tight end? Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry have their assessment.

2:35 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry rank the Patriots offensive concerns after another unimpressive performance from that side of the ball against the Giants. They begin with tight end. Next up is the running game (6:25). And finally, the wide receiver corps (12:24).

22:11 - With the trade deadline on Oct. 29, the Patriots need to determine what they need and what they have to offer. Phil and Tom discuss the picks Bill Belichick could trade away and the players at tight end and wide receiver he could target.

26:52 - Tom wonders if Michael Bennett will be traded or if he'll end up as a key member of the defense. He continues by explaining how the historic tear the Patriots defense is on is actually sustainable.

32:26 - Rob Gronkowski or Tyler Eifert: Which player will be on the Patriots roster by Thanksgiving?

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