Gronkowski expected to return in 2018

Gronk will eventually wrestle and/or become an action hero, but that time hasn't come yet per reports. The All-Pro was also reportedly tiring of the Patriots' culture.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, rumored to be considering retirement, will probably wrestle professionally or shoot at the bad guys on in an action movie at some point, but not yet.

The All-Pro is apparently expected back in uniform for the 2018 season, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport (h/t Bleacher Report) who reported the status update on Wednesday.

The expectation is that #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will return for 2018 after pondering his future, Im told. He may never make a grand announcement, but the belief is entertainment opportunities (acting WWE) will wait.

NBC Sports Tom E. Curran even reported on Gronk's unhappiness during the 2017 season.

"He seriously considered stepping away from the game in training camp, Curran wrote. “At that point, his body wasnt responding. He wanted to train a certain way, the team didnt necessarily want him to train the way he wanted to train. ... The season played out and by the end of it, I dont think that some of the principal players on this team were really happy with the atmosphere and the climate. ... They still need to have a hell of an air-clearing at Patriot Place to get these guys back."

Gronk has no money worries. Per Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the tight end has saved most of the over $44 million earned from his football career.