While Rob Gronkowski mulls retirement, the New England Patriots may be getting fed up with the star tight end.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported on Saturday that Gronkowski is likely to play football if Tom Brady remains with the team. However, that same report includes a tidbit that suggests tension between the five-time Pro Bowler and coach Bill Belichick: Lingering frustrations remain between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick, along with others in the Patriots organization, according to sources close to each side.
Per Darlington, Belichick wonders how committed his star tight is to football. Gronk’s retirement talk and love for partying don’t fit in with the coach’s all-in mantra. Gronkowski’s farewell message to former teammate and now-Miami Dolphin Danny Amendola also probably didn’t sit well with Patriots brass:
Belichick and Co. are not afraid to dump players who are not doing things the Patriot Way. However, it would be rather surprising if any moves were made to get rid of the tight end if he opts to play in 2018, although the team has proved it can win without him.
New England showed last year that reports of tension won’t keep the wins from piling up—so don’t expect this to be a distraction.
Last season, the 29-year-old ranked third among all players at his position with a net punting average of 42.7 yards.
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According to RaidersSnakePit.com’s Bill Williamson, new head coach Jon Gruden made the move to send his team a message, though Williamson didn’t specify what that message was.
Walford, meanwhile, had been a member of the Raiders since they selected him in the third round of the 2015 draft. He’s tallied 70 receptions for 768 yards and six touchdowns over the past three seasons.