Rob Gronkowski says he'll play for Patriots in 2018

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram Tuesday he'll be back next year with the team.

Gronk explained on Instagram he'd met with coaches, and chose to join the team for the 2018 season.

Gronkowski sparked near frenzied panic among Patriot Nation, following New England's crushing loss in Super Bowl LII, when he claimed he was uncertain about his playing future. "Looking forward to another championship run".

After meeting with coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski committed to suiting up in the fall, ending months of speculation about his status. On Saturday, he further fueled that speculation by conducting an odd press conference during a Monster Energy Supercross event, which he was attending. Schefter also added that Gronkowski would not be traded this season. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple weeks and see where I'm at".

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Rob Gronkowski isn't calling it quits just yet.

He missed two games in the regular season - one because of his thigh and one due to National Football League suspension - and was knocked out of the AFC Championship Game because of a concussion.

One of the league's most popular players, Gronkowski has had a lucrative career as a pitchman for several companies and has reportedly considered a Hollywood career in action movies.

The Patriots' 2010 second-round draft out of the University of Arizona, Gronkowski is a five-time Pro Bowl performer and a four-time All-Pro.

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