So, what is Rob Gronkowski’s plan?

New England Patriots fans (and the organization itself, probably) have been waiting with bated breath to hear if the star tight end is going to hang up his cleats for good or not.

However, what if he hung up his cleats, but not entirely? That’s what a Patriots legend thinks might be the case.

During an appearance on NFL Network, Willie McGinest threw out a theory (prior to which he made clear that he had not spoken to Gronkowski and that he was just guessing) that the 29-year-old would retire at first, but at some point during the upcoming season would make a return to the gridiron.

Take a listen.

As they discuss in the video, it’s unclear how amenable Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would be with that plan. But then again, Gronk is an otherworldly talent, so making some concession for him wouldn’t exactly be silly.

Either way, Patriots fans likely won’t have their minds put at ease until they hear from the tight end himself once and for all.

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