Report: Patriots owner told Rob Gronkowski he's welcome to return for stretch run – Yardbarker

It’s no secret the Patriots have been searching for a weapon to replace the production from retired tight end Rob Gronkowski. Wide receivers Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown both looked like solutions at various points this season, but neither remain on New England’s roster.  However, it appears Pats owner Robert Kraft still hopes to get Gronkowski back on the field. When Gronkowski was cleaning out his locker after announcing his retirement in March, Kraft told him the Pats would remain hopeful that he would return late in the season for another playoff run, according to Ian Rapoport of  While it has been known that the Patriots hoped Gronkowski would change his mind and return, no one had reported Kraft’s involvement. Rapoport notes in his story that, according to sources, Gronkowski remains content with his decision to retire, but if he wants to return this season he has to decide soon. The deadline for retired players to return during the season is Nov. 30.  New England will obviously plan ahead wi

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